The international search fee is refunded where[Rule 16.2; 16.3; Rule 41; OJ EPO 2017, A95; OJ EPO 2017, A115; OJ EPO 2018, A35; ]
The EPO acting as ISA decides whether the requirements are met and, where applicable, refunds the applicable amount. No refund is made for any search other than a search carried out by the EPO on an earlier application from which the right of priority is validly claimed.
The cases referred to below are intended to illustrate the most common situations:
Date retrieved: 30 December 2018
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EPO PCT GL - A Formalities Examination
EPO PCT GL - B Search
PCT Implementing Rules
Offical Journal of the EPO
XOJ EPO 2017, A115 - New agreement between the European Patent Organisation and the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization in relation to the functioning of the European Patent Office as an International Searching [..]