Where a claims fee is not paid within the six-month period, the claim concerned is deemed to be abandoned. The applicant is informed of the loss of rights in a communication under Rule 112(1) EPC. Further processing can be requested within two months from notification of the communication by payment of the further processing fee, which amounts to 50% of the claims fee(s) due, together with the missing claims fee(s). Features of a claim deemed to have been abandoned and which are not otherwise to be found in the description or drawings cannot subsequently be reintroduced into the application and in particular, into the claims.
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017