The European Patent Office (EPO) as of April 1, 2022 will increase its fees.
As published recently, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has decided to amend the Rules relating to Fees. In most cases, this amendment will result in a fee increase. An overview of the most important changes is provided below.
Generally, the increase amounts to about 3%.
The renewal fees will also increase. As in the past, it will remain possible to validly pay the renewal fee for the third year as early as six months before its due date. Other renewal fees may be validly paid only up to three months before they fall due.
The new provisions will enter into force on April 1, 2022, and will be binding in respect of payments made on or after this date. If within six months from April 1, 2022, a fee is paid in due time but only in the amount due before April 1, 2022, that fee will be deemed to have been validly paid if the deficit is made good within two months of an invitation to that effect from the European Patent Office.
Applicants should take this fee increase into account in their filing strategy. An early payment (if possible) should be considered, for example, by filing a patent application at an earlier date or by paying the examination fee in advance. Renewal fees falling due in April, May or June 2022 may be validly paid at the current rate if these fees are paid no later than End of March 2022.
|Type of EPO fee||Fee before April 1, 2022 (EUR)||Fee as of April 1, 2022 (EUR)|
Filing fee (online)
Claim fee (for the 16th and each subsequent claim)
Fee for grant
Renewal fee for the 3rd year
Renewal fee for the 4th year
Renewal fee for the 5th year
Renewal fee for the 6th year
Fee for a divisional of second generation
Fee for a divisional of third generation