Abolition of EPO Search Fee Reduction

21 February 2018

For many years the EPO has discounted the official fee for a supplemental European search in a Euro ex-PCT application, when the International Search Report was drawn up by the patent office of one of Australia, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia or the US.

The EPO will abolish this fee reduction with effect from 1 April 2018.
PCT applicants whose cases have been the subject of an International Search completed by one of the listed patent offices may wish to effect entry into the European regional phase before 1 April 2018 in order to take advantage of the fee reduction while it remains available.
There may be a large number of European regional phase applications filed in the run-up to 1 April.  In view of this we recommend that, if you plan to file a European ex-PCT regional phase application before 1 April 2018, you instruct us as soon as possible and preferably by 16 March 2018 at the latest.

Please contact one of our patent attorneys if you would like to discuss such matters further.

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