Thursday, February 1 2024   \  Published by Kluwer Patent Blog.

EPO to introduce micro entity fee reductions

EPO to introduce micro entity fee reductions

From 1 April 2024, the European Patent Office will increase most official fees by around 4%. The first two renewal fees, in respect of the third and fourth years, will also see significant rises of 30% in an effort to offset revenue lost as a result of the EPO reducing application pendency time.

Hand in hand with the increases will be a new fee reduction system which will be able to be leveraged by microenterprises, natural persons, non-profits, universities and public research organisations. Currently, fee discounts are only available to those types of entities (as well as small and medium-sized enterprises) if they are based in an EPO member state and use a language other than English, French or German for the specification and/or request for examination.

Those language-based fee reductions will remain in place and continue to reduce the filing and examination fees by 30%. The new fee reduction system will also offer a 30% discount and be more extensive, covering the major fees of filing, search, designation, examination, grant and renewal. Read more

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