GA E IX 4 Reduction of the search fee

If a supplementary European search report is to be established, the European search fee may be reduced. The reductions in the search fee applicable on 1 January 20162017 may be summarised as follows:
a reduction of EUR 190 for international applications for which the ISR was drawn up exclusively by any of the following ISAs: the Australian Patent Office, the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the Russian Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO).
a reduction of EUR 1 100110 for international applications for which the (S)ISR was drawn up by a European ISA: the Austrian Patent Office, the National Board of PatentsFinnish Patent and Registration of FinlandOffice, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office or, the Nordic Patent Institute (NPI).or the Visegrad Patent Institute.
However, these reductions apply only to the search fee paid in accordance with Rule 159(1)(e) EPC. In particular, a reduction does not apply to further search fees paid under Rule 164(1) EPC (see points 645646 ff).

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