9.3.2
Reduction of the examination fee where the international preliminary examination report is being drawn up by the EPO 

Where the EPO has drawn up the international preliminary examination report in respect of an international application, the examination fee is reduced by 75% in proceedings before the EPO as elected Office (see the Decision of Administrative Council of 13 December 2017 CA/D 17/17, OJ EPO 2018, A4). Accordingly, the reduction applies to the Euro-PCT application entering the European phase. The reduction of the examination fee does not apply to divisional applications for whose parent application the EPO has drawn up the international preliminary examination report.

If the conditions for a reduction under the language arrangements (see A‑X, 9.2.3) are also fulfilled, the examination fee is first reduced by 75%, then by a further 30%, i.e. the total reduction is 82.5%, or the amount payable is 17.5% of the full fee.

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