Important forms and Documents

Search Fee Refund


Where the VPI benefits from the results of an earlier search carried out by any of the National Offices of the PCT Contracting States, 40% of the amount of the search fee paid shall be refunded.

Where the VPI benefits from the results of an earlier international search report or international type search report, 50% of the amount of the search fee paid shall be refunded.

Applicants are kindly requested to indicate in the request (form PCT/RO/101) that such earlier search exists and that the ISA/VPI is requested to take into account the result of such earlier search (by ticking Box No. VII, item 1.1), and, as the case may be,

  • either to select one of the scenarios listed in Box No. VII, item 1.2:

>    by ticking item 1.2 first and second box (if a copy of the results of the earlier search is available to the VPI), or

>    by ticking item 1.2 seventh box (if a copy of the results of the earlier search is not available to the VPI and therefore request from the applicant to the Receiving Office to transmit to the VPI a copy of the earlier search result is needed),

  • or to furnish the earlier search report if it is not readily available to the VPI or to the Receiving Office.

Eligibility to the refund is decided by the VPI at completion of the search. Positive decision is communicated to the applicants when the Search Report is issued via issuing form PCT/ISA/213. Parallel to the PCT/ISA/213, a Search Fee Refund Form is also transmitted to the applicants. Applicants are kindly requested to inform VPI of their bank details by sending the completed Search Fee Refund Form to the Secretariat of the VPI by any of the following means:

  • sending the signed copy electronically

>    by e-mail to or

>    via the ePCT


  • mailing the paper copy to the following address:

Visegrad Patent Institute
II. János Pál papa tér 7.
H-1081 Budapest

Please, note that in case the Search Fee Refund Form is submitted electronically, no hard copy is requested to be mailed.

Please also note that the request for search fee refund must be submitted within 6 months from the date of the issuance of document ISA 213 by the VPI. Requests submitted after the 6-month deadline will not be admissible.



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The VPI is an intergovernmental organization for the cooperation in the fields of patent established by the Visegrad countries. The VPI functions as ISA and IPEA for the Visegrad countries, and contracting states of Lithuania and Serbia.



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