How to reduce or avoid payment of some EPO Official fees for registration of European patent Search fee , Part 1

According to the regulations related to European Patent Convention (EPC) , the search fee is to be paid for patent applications  filed to European Patent Office (EPO)   In this regard for  a patent application is to be paid one search fee in amount of EUR 1.285,-.

In case of entering one international (PCT) application into European National phase it can be avoided payment of the search fee when EPO has acted as International Search Authority (ISA) or Supplementary International Search Authority (SISA) for the application in the international phase.

Accordingly the applicant may avoid payment of the search fee in the European patent registration procedure in case when for his international application EPO acted as ISA or SISA.


Prepared by European Patent Registration and Consulting Services GmbH


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