How to reduce or avoid payment of some EPO Official fees for registration of European patent Search fee , Part 2

According to the regulations related to European Patent Convention (EPC) , when EPO did not act as International Search Authority (ISA) or Supplementary International Search Authority (SISA) for an international application than in the European National Phase one  supplementary European search report is to be established,  for which one Search fee in amount of EUR 1.285,- is to be paid.

In some of such cases the search fee may be reduced. The reductions of the search fee may be summarized as follows:

- a reduction of EUR 190,- for international application for which the International Search Report  (ISR) was drawn up exclusively by any of the following ISAs: the Australian Patent Office, the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO).

– a reduction of EUR 990 for international applications for which the ISR was drawn up by one of the following International Search Authorities:  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 (NPI).


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