Are reductions of the examination fee possible? 
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According to Rule 6(3) EPC, the examination fee is reduced by 30% for small and medium-sized enterprises, natural persons, non-profit organisations, universities or public research organisations (Rule 6(4) EPC) that have their residence or principal place of business in an EPC contracting state having an official language other than English, French or German, and nationals of such states who are resident abroad, provided that they make the declaration under Rule 6(6) EPC and that the request for examination is made in the official language of that EPC contracting state ("admissible non-EPO language"; Article 14(4) EPC). The declaration under Rule 6(6) EPC can be made by selecting the second check box in Section 4.1 of Form 1200. For the fee reduction to apply in the case of multiple applicants, each of them must be an entity or a natural person within the meaning of Rule 6(4) EPC, and at least one of them must be entitled under Article 14(4) EPC to file in an admissible non-EPO language. Applicants who are nationals of or have their residence or principal place of business in a contracting state having an official language other than English, French or German but who do not meet the definition under Rule 6(4) EPC may still file documents in an admissible non-EPO language, but will not qualify for a fee reduction.

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