If the EPO as ISA considers that the international application claims more than one invention, stating the reasons for its finding it invites the applicant to pay for each further invention an additional search fee, which must be paid direct to the EPO. At the same time the EPO informs the applicant of the result of its partial international search, which is restricted to those parts of the application relating to the invention first mentioned in the claims.
If the applicant fulfils the requirements for reduction of the search fee, any additional search fee is validly paid upon payment of the reduced amount (see point 213).
Date retrieved: 02 November 2015
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EPC Implementing Rules
XR.158 EPC The European Patent Office as an International Searching Authority or International Preliminary Examining Authority