Certain deadlines relating to a European patent application, in particular deadlines which have been set by the European Patent Office, may be extendible by two months as of right.
Further processing is available to the applicant only and can be used where there is a partial or total loss of rights. Further processing can be used, for example, to extend the time in which to pay the search fee or filing a response to an examination report. However, depending on what the deadline is, a fee may be payable. The fee payable may relate only to the further processing fee. However, where the request for further processing concerns the late payment of official fees, then 50% of the official fee is payable in addition to the original fee.« Back to Glossary Index