Decision of the Administrative Council of 25 October 2012 reducing the fee for the supplementary European search where the international search report or supplementary international search report was drawn up by the Austrian Patent Office, the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office or the Nordic Patent Institute (CA/D 14/12)

THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT ORGANISATION,

Having regard to the European Patent Convention and in particular Article 153(7) thereof,

On a proposal from the President of the European Patent Office,

Having regard to the opinion of the Budget and Finance Committee,

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

1. The fee for a supplementary European search on an international application for which the international search report or supplementary international search report was drawn up by the Austrian Patent Office or, in accordance with the Protocol on Centralisation, by the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office or the Nordic Patent Institute shall be reduced by EUR 990.

2. If a reduction is granted as provided in the first paragraph, the maximum amount of the reduction in the fee for a supplementary European search shall be equal to the reduction granted on the basis of a single international search report or supplementary international search report drawn up by one of the authorities mentioned in the first paragraph.

Article 2

This decision shall enter into force on 1 July 2013 and shall apply to international applications which are filed up to and including 30 June 2016, for which the international search report or supplementary international search report was drawn up by the Austrian Patent Office, the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office or the Nordic Patent Institute, and where the fee for a supplementary European search is paid on or after 1 July 2013.

Done at Munich, 25 October 2012

For the Administrative Council
The Chairman

Jesper KONGSTAD

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