If the search for the international application is based entirely or partly on an earlier search report already prepared by the EPO on an application whose priority is validly claimed (Box No. VI of the PCT request form), the applicant may obtain a refund of the international search fee. The EPO acting as ISA decides whether the requirements are met and, where applicable, refunds the applicable amount (see point 217). Where priority is claimed from an application for which the EPO carried out a search, the continuation section of Box No. VII in the PCT request does not need to be filled in.
Date retrieved: 30 December 2018
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EPC Rules relating to Fees
EPO Guidelines - A Formalities Examination
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int.
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - B The EPO as a PCT receiving Office
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - C The EPO as ISA and SISA
PCT Implementing Rules
Offical Journal of the EPO
XOJ EPO 2017, A95 - Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 17 November 2017 concerning the refund of the international search fee by the EPO acting as International Searching Authority