If the EPO as ISA considers that the international application claims more than one invention, statingit states the reasons for its finding itand invites the applicant to pay for each further invention an additional fee for every further search fee, which must be paid, payable direct to the EPO. At the same time the EPO informs the applicant of the result of itsthe partial international search, which is restricted to those parts of the application relating to the invention first mentioned in the claims.
If the applicant fulfilsThe amount of the additional fee is reduced for applicants fulfilling the requirements for reduction of the search fee , any additional search fee is validly paid upon payment of the reduced amount (see point 213214).
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017
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EPC Implementing Rules
XR.158 EPC The European Patent Office as an International Searching Authority or International Preliminary Examining Authority