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Guidelines for Examination

 
 
1.2
Invitation to pay further search fees 

The Search Division will inform the applicant of the lack of unity of invention in a communication accompanying the partial search report and indicate that a further search fee must be paid for each invention other than the one first mentioned in the claims, if the search is to cover these inventions as well. The payment of these fees must take place within a period of two months (Rule 64(1)). If the automatic debiting procedure is being used for the application, the applicant must inform the EPO within this period if he does not want all or any of the further inventions to be searched. Otherwise all the further search fees due will be debited automatically on the last day of the period. Searches relating to inventions for which further search fees have been paid within the fixed period receive preferential treatment from the Search Division. The search report is to be drawn up for all those parts of the patent application which relate to inventions in respect of which search fees have been paid. The search report identifies the separate inventions and indicates the subject-matter and corresponding claims (or parts of claims – see Rule 44(2)) for which a search has been made.

Rule 64(1)
Point 6.1 AAD

References

Rule 64(1)
Point 6.1 AAD