Can an applicant claim a reduction in official fee?

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Yes, the applicant can claim a reduction in official fee if at least one of the following conditions is satisfied:

1. The applicant is one or more natural person(s);

2. The applicant is a start up;or

3. The applicant is a small entity

However, such a reduction in fee will not be available if an eligible applicant jointly files a patent application with an applicant which is “other than small entity”. “Other than small entity” herein refers to a company/ organization which does not fall under the category of a start-up or a small entity.

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