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Notice from the European Patent Office dated 7 July 2021 concerning the reduction of the fees for the international search and the international preliminary examination carried out on international applications in favour of nationals of certain states – revised list of states

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1. By decision of 12 December 2019,[ 1 ] the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation revised the reduction scheme introduced in 2009[ 2 ] in respect of the fees for the international search and the international preliminary examination carried out on international applications filed by nationals of certain states. The purpose of this re-published Notice is to provide for an up-to date list of states whose nationals benefit from the fee reductions (Annex I).

2. Pursuant to Article 11(3)(iii) of the Agreement between the EPO and WIPO under the PCT,[ 3 ] Annex D of the agreement has been revised with effect from 1 April 2020 to take into account the decision of the Administrative Council.

3. The fees for the international search, the supplementary international search and the international preliminary examination carried out on international applications under Article 2, paragraph 1, items 2 and 19, of the Rules relating to Fees will be reduced by 75% if the international application, the request for supplementary international search or the demand for international preliminary examination is filed by an applicant:

- where said applicant or, if there are two or more applicants, each applicant is a natural person who is a national and resident of a state that is not party to the European Patent Convention and that, on the date of filing of the application or on the date of payment of the supplementary international search fee or of the international preliminary examination fee, is classified by the World Bank as a low-income or lower-middle-income economy as shown in Annex I to this notice

- where said applicant or, if there are two or more applicants, each applicant is a natural or legal person who, within the meaning of Rule 18 of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, is a national and resident of a state in which a validation agreement with the European Patent Organisation is in force.

4. Currently, the following states fall under the second category: Morocco (MA), the Republic of Moldova (MD), Tunisia (TN) and Cambodia (KH).

5. The present notice is an updated version of the Notice[ 4 ] dated 10 July 2020 which is hereby superseded. The reduction of the international search fee applies to all international applications filed on or after 1 July 2021. The reduction of the supplementary international search fee or the international preliminary examination fee applies in respect of payments made on or after 1 July 2021. According to the present classification of states as low-income or lower-middle income economies, Belize, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Samoa were added and the Republic of Moldova removed from the previous list (see Annex I below).

ANNEX I

States classified as low-income and lower-middle-income economies by the World Bank (as of 1 July 2021) (in bold: PCT contracting states)

AF  Afghanistan 
AO Angola
BD  Bangladesh 
BF Burkina Faso
BI  Burundi 
BJ Benin
BO  Bolivia 
BT  Bhutan 
BZ Belize
CD  Congo, Dem. Rep 
CF Central African Republic
CG Congo
CI Côte d'Ivoire
CM Cameroon
CV  Cape Verde 
DJ Djibouti
DZ Algeria
EG Egypt
ER  Eritrea 
ET  Ethiopia 
FM  Micronesia Fed. States 
GH Ghana
GM Gambia
GN Guinea
GW Guinea-Bissau
HN Honduras
HT  Haiti 
ID Indonesia
IN India
IR Islamic Republic of Iran
KE Kenya
KG Kyrgyzstan
KH Cambodia
KI  Kiribati 
KM Comoros
KP DPR of Korea
LA Lao PDR
LK Sri Lanka
LR Liberia
LS Lesotho
MA Morocco
MG Madagascar
ML Mali
MM  Myanmar 
MN Mongolia
MR Mauritania
MW Malawi
MZ Mozambique
NE Niger
NG Nigeria
NI Nicaragua
NP  Nepal 
PG Papua New Guinea
PH Philippines
PK  Pakistan 
RW Rwanda
SB  Solomon Islands 
SD Sudan
SL Sierra Leone
SN Senegal
SO  Somalia 
SS  South Sudan 
ST Sao Tomé & Principe
SV El Salvador
SY Syrian Arab Republic
SZ Eswatini
TD Chad
TG Togo
TJ Tajikistan
TL  Timor-Leste 
TN Tunisia
TZ United Rep. of Tanzania
UA Ukraine
UG Uganda
UZ Uzbekistan
VN Vietnam
VU  Vanuatu 
WS Samoa
YE  Yemen 
ZM Zambia
ZW Zimbabwe

 

[ 1 ] CA/D 13/19 of 12.12.2019, OJ EPO 2020, A4.

[ 2 ] CA/D 7/08 of 21.10.2008, OJ EPO 11/2008, 521.

[ 3 ] OJ EPO 2017, A115.

[ 4 ] OJ EPO 2020, A91.