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Where a person referred to in Article 14, paragraph 4, files a European patent application, a request for examination, an opposition, an appeal, a petition for review or a request for limitation or revocation in a language admitted in that provision, the filing fee, examination fee, opposition fee, appeal fee, fee for the petition for review or the limitation or revocation fee shall be reduced in accordance with the Rules relating to Fees.
(4) The reduction referred to in paragraph 3 shall be available for:
(a) small and medium-sized enterprises;
(b) natural persons; or
(c) non-profit organisations, universities or public research organisations.
(5) For the purposes of paragraph 4(a), Commission recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises as published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 124, p. 36 of 20 May 2003 shall apply.
(6) An applicant wishing to benefit from the fee reduction referred to in paragraph 3 shall declare himself to be an entity or a natural person within the meaning of paragraph 4. In case of reasonable doubt as to the veracity of such declaration, the Office may require evidence.
(7) In case of multiple applicants, each applicant shall be an entity or a natural person within the meaning of paragraph 4.
Reimbursement of all translation costs up to a ceiling are available for applicants filing patent applications at the EPO in one of the official languages of the Union that is not an official language of the EPO.
The original intention of drafters of the EPC that the EPO should avoid enquiries into the nature of the applicant (see for example Article 60(3) EPC) seems to be slipping away, and the EPO must now dip their fingers into the murky world of assessing whether a company is a SME or daddy bear in disguise.
Many thanks to Roufousse T. Fairfly who bisected comments from other users such as: “It bothers me that whiners such as yourself…” and “Do you really not see how wrong this is, or do you just not care?” by providing an interesting and insightful comment on the present issue. Many thanks also to Paul Beynon for co-authorship and ever more colourful metaphors.