Reduction Of The Search Fees For A European Or An International Patent Application

Reduction Of The Search Fees For A European Or An International Patent Application

EPO – Reduction of the Search fees for a European or an International patent application.The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation amended Article 2 of the Rules relating to Fees (Rfees) with effect from 1 July 1999, reducing the search fees considerably and capping the total payable in respect of designation fees (which will be deemed paid for all contracting states upon payment of seven times the amount of a contracting state fee). The search fee is reduced from the current EUR 869 to the new amount of EUR 690, while the max. designation fees payable will amount to EUR 532 (EUR 76 x 7). The new version of Article 2 RFees applies only to European and International applications filed as from 1 July 1999.