Patents
Posted on 23/3/2020

Changes to European Patent Office Official Fees from 1 April 2020

EPO official fees will be changing from 1st April 2020.

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that its official fees will change from 1 April 2020.

The fee changes for many frequently paid official fees are summarised in the table below.

Fee Type Current fee (€) New fee (€) Increase (€) Increase (%)
Filing fee – EP direct/EP-PCT entry – not filed online 250 260 10 4.00
Filing fee – EP direct/EP-PCT entry – filed online 120 125 5 4.17
Additional printing fee for 36th and each subsequent page 15 16 1 6.67
Designation fee – for all contracting states designated for applications filed on/after 1 April 2009 585 610 25 4.27
Renewal fee for the 3rd year 470 490 20 4.26
Examination fee – for applications filed before 1 July 2005 and for international applications filed on/after 1 July 2005 without supplementary search report 1,825 1,900 75 4.11
Examination fee – for applications filed on/after 1 July 2005 1,635 1,700 65 3.98
Fee for grant and printing (not more than 35 pages) or fee for grant including fee for publication 925 960 35 3.78
Opposition fee 785 815 30 3.82
Fee for appeal – for an appeal filed by an entity other than those referred to in Rule 6(4) and (5) EPC (normal rate) 2,255 2,705 450 19.96
Fee for appeal – for an appeal filed by a natural person or an entity referred to in Rule 6(4) and (5) EPC (reduced rate) 1,880 1,955 75 3.99
Fee for further processing (late performance of acts) 255 265 10 3.92
Fee for further processing (non-fee related cases) 255 265 10 3.92
Claims fee – for the 16th and each subsequent claim up to the 50th 235 245 10 4.26
Registration of transfer 100 105 5 5.00
Certified copy (application, priority document, patent certificate, other documents) 50 105 55 110.00
Communication of information from the files 40 105 65 162.50
Additional copy of documents cited in search report 40 105 65 162.50

Around half of the official fees will increase, at an average of about 4%. One notable exception is the appeal fee, which will increase by about 20%. However, the EPO will continue offering a reduced appeal fee to (i) small and medium-sized enterprises; (ii) natural persons; and (iii) non-profit organisations, universities and public research organisations. The appeal fee at the reduced rate will increase by about 4%.

All of the renewal fees will increase by about 4%. Third-year renewal fees may be paid up to six months in advance, and all subsequent renewal fees may be paid up to three months in advance. Accordingly, any renewal fees falling due in April, May or June 2020 can be paid ‘early’, before 1 April 2020, at the current lower rate.

By contrast, fees required by the EPO in relation to international (PCT) applications remain largely unchanged.

If you have any questions on the fee changes and how they may affect you, please contact a member of our team.