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Decision of the Administrative Council of 16 December 2015 amending Article 2 of the Rules relating to Fees and adjusting the amount of the reduction in the fee for the supplementary European search where the international or supplementary international search report was drawn up by one of the European International Searching Authorities (CA/D 12/15)

OJ EPO 2016, A3
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THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT ORGANISATION,

Having regard to the European Patent Convention and in particular Articles 33(2)(d) and 153(7) thereof,

On a proposal from the President of the European Patent Office,

Having regard to the opinion of the Budget and Finance Committee,

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

Article 2 of the Rules relating to Fees shall read as follows:

[…]

Article 2

(1) The fee for a supplementary European search on an international application for which the international search report or a supplementary international search report was drawn up by the Austrian Patent Office or, in accordance with the Protocol on Centralisation, by the Finnish Patent and Registration Office, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office or the Nordic Patent Institute shall be reduced by EUR 1 110.

(2) If a reduction is granted as provided in the first paragraph, the maximum amount of the reduction in the fee for a supplementary European search shall be equal to the reduction granted on the basis of a single international search report or supplementary international search report drawn up by one of the authorities mentioned in the first paragraph.

Article 3

This decision shall enter into force on 1 April 2016.

Article 4

The following transitional provisions shall apply:

(1) […]

(2) […]

(3) Article 2 of this decision shall apply to international applications filed up to and including 30 June 2016, where the fee for the supplementary European search is paid on or after 1 April 2016.

Article 5

Article 2 of decision CA/D 14/13 of 13 December 2013 (OJ EPO 2014, A5) shall be rescinded as from 1 April 2016 and replaced by Article 2 of this decision.

Done at Munich, 16 December 2015

For the Administrative Council

The Chairman

Jesper KONGSTAD