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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 or from an earlier international search report or international type search report, 40% 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 40% 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 (pdf, 136 kB) 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:

  • the paper copy by post to the following address:

Visegrad Patent Institute

II. János Pál papa tér 7.

H-1081 Budapest


  • the signed copy electronically 
    • either via ePCT or 
    • by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Official documents

Agreement VPI (pdf, 1,6 MB)

Agreement between WIPO and VPI (pdf, 33,9 kB)

ISO 9001:2015 Certificate (pdf, 271 kB)

Quality Policy (pdf, 212 kB)

Privacy Policy (pdf, 433 kB)