The European Patent Office (EPO) requires search results from a priority application be filed with the EPO if the European application that claims priority was filed on or after January 1, 2011. See Amended Rule 141(1) EPC.
Last year the USPTO and EPO agreed the USPTO would deliver its search results to the EPO at no charge to applicants. For details see Electronic Delivery of Search Results From the United States Patent and Trademark Office to the European Patent Office, 76 FR 82279 (December 30, 2011).
Tonight the USPTO reminds applicants must consent to release search results of an unpublished US patent application to avoid delivery charges.
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