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The EPO typically updates its fees every two years to account for inflation with most of the official fees increasing by around 2 to 5%.
We have summarised the changes of the most frequently paid fees in the table below.
|Fee Type||Previous fee (€)||New fee from 1 April 2022 (€)||Percentage Increase|
|Filing fee – EP direct or EP regional phase entry (online)||125||130||4%|
|Fee for a European search/supplementary European search (Applications filed on/after 01.07.2005)||1350||1390||2.9%|
|Fee for an international search||1775||1775||No increase|
|Designation fee (for all contracting States designated for applications filed on/after 01.04.2009)||610||630||3.3%|
|Examination fee (for applications filed on/after 01.07.2005)||1700||1750||2.9%|
|Examination fee (for international applications filed on/after 01.07.2005 without supplementary European search report)||1900||1955||2.9%|
|Fee for grant and printing (not more than 35 pages) or fee for grant including fee for publication||960||990||3.1%|
|Fee for appeal – for an appeal filed by an entity other than those referred to in Rule 6(4) and (5) EPC||2705||2785||3.0%|
|Fee for appeal – for an appeal filed by a natural person or an entity referred to in Rule 6(4) and (5) EPC||1955||2015||3.1%|
|Fee for re-establishment, reinstatement, restoration (EPC, PCT)||665||685||3.0%|
|Claims fee – for the 16th and each subsequent claim to the limit of 50||245||250||2%|
|Claims fee – For the 51st and each subsequent claim||610||630||3.3%|
|Registration of transfer||105||110||4.8%|
|Renewal fee for the 3rd year||490||505||3.1%|
|Fee for further processing (late performance of acts R. 71(3))||265||275||3.8%|
|Additional filing fee for the 36th and each subsequent page||16||16||No increase|
|Additional filing fee for the 36th and each subsequent page – entry into EP phase||16||16||No increase|
One example of a fee which may be paid early is the annual renewal fee for a pending European patent application. The renewal fee for the third year can be paid up to six months before the due date, and all subsequent renewal fees (years 4-20) can be paid up to three months before the due date. Thus, since renewal fees for pending European applications will increase by around 3%, it may be sensible to pay a renewal fee at the lower rate by paying before 1 April 2022.
Consequently, if possible, it may be sensible to try and pay any official fees before 1 April 2022.In most cases, any official fees paid on or after 1 April 2022 must be paid at the new (higher) rate.
If you would like to explore whether it is possible to file a case early or make a fee payment early on an existing case to secure the lower rates, please get in touch.