April EPO Fee Increase Details

EPO Fee Increase

There’s a new EPO Fee increase that will be effective on April 1, so we thought we’d take a moment this week to look into the details and help you understand when/if you will be paying more.
Let’s dive in!

The Big Picture

You’ll find that the increases impact several areas of the application, granting, and maintenance process – but not all. The biggest impacts will be felt by IP owners paying year 3 or 4 renewals, but new filers will notice the increases as well. While nobody likes increases, the average increase is 4-5%, which the EPO points out is less than inflation.

Our focus is the increases, but micro-entities do get a bit of good news. They will receive a 30% reduction in all main fees in the patent grant procedure, provided they’ve filed fewer than five applications in the last five years.

Application and Grant Costs

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The cost of several filing and granting activities will increase on April 1.

  • The search fee will increase from 1,460 EUR to 1,520 EUR

  • The fee for the 16th to 50th claim increases from 265 EUR to 275 EUR

  • The designation fee will increase from 660 EUR to 685 EUR

  • Examination fees will increase from 1,840 EUR to 1,915 EUR

  • The fee for granting and publishing increases from 1,040 to 1,080 EUR

Renewal Fees

EPO Fee Increase

IP Owners will see a proportionally larger increase in renewal fees when compared with the application and grant fees. The most noticeable increases are with the earlier years of renewals.

  • The 3rd year renewal increases from 530 EUR to 690 EUR

  • The 4th year renewal increases from 660 EUR to 845 EUR

  • The 5th  year renewal increases from 925 EUR to 1,000 EUR

  • The 6th year renewal increases from 1,180 EUR to 1,155 EUR

  • The 7th year renewal increases from 1,305 EUR to 1,310 EUR

  • The 8th year renewal increases from 1,570 EUR to 1,620 EUR

  • The 9th year renewal increases from 1,440 EUR to 1,465 EUR

  • The 10th year and onward renewals remain at 1,775 EUR

What it all means

EPO Fee Increase

Nobody likes cost increases, but these are unlikely to break your budget. A large portfolio is unlikely to have more than a few hundred year 3 and year 4 renewals coming due in the EP, meaning the increase is probably less than 20k for a multi-million-dollar portfolio paid quarterly. If you only have 10 or 15 EP patents due for renewal, the impact will be a few thousand dollars.

You can certainly work with your annuity vendor to pull payments forward if you have a substantial EP portfolio, but the benefits are going to be pretty small unless your volume is substantial.

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