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7.4.2
Where the EPO performs a supplementary search 

Where the EPO performs a supplementary search on an application which is considered to lack unity, the applicant will not be invited to pay additional fees, but the supplementary search report will be established for the first invention only. The application must be limited to the invention searched in the supplementary search. The above principles then apply mutatis mutandis (see also E-VIII, 4.2).