The applicant has the possibility, up to the 30th month after the
priority or filing date, of proceeding with the formalities for the
entry in the national or regional phase in the different designated
states. These formalities comprise, in most states, the payment of a fee
usually equal to the filing fee of a national application and sometimes
of an additional search and/or examination fee. Most states further
require a translation of the application in one of their national
languages as well as the appointment of a local representative.
The procedure is then pursued separately in each state, and the
different patent offices will issue office actions independently and are
free to decide whether a patent deserve to be granted.