The examination fee is reduced by 50% where the EPO acting as IPEA has already drawn up an international preliminary examination report in respect of the relevant Euro-PCT application, unless in the European phase the applicant is seeking a patent for an invention which is not the subject of that report (see points 382383 and points 392393 ff).
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017
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EPC Rules relating to Fees
EPO Guidelines - A Formalities Examination
XGL A X 9.3.2 Reduction of the examination fee where the international preliminary examination report is being drawn up by the EPO