Tuesday, April 9 2024   \  Published by Office Freylinger.

EPO 2024 fee increases

EPO 2024 fee increases

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that many of its fees will be increasing as of 1 April 2024.

For most of the fees, the increase is by about 5%. However, for some of the fees the increase is up to 30%, such as for the third and fourth annuities.

The new rates will apply to official fees paid on or after 1st April 2024 and so for some fees where the applicant has a choice over the timing of payment, savings may be made by proceeding before April.

Consider anticipating payments

We would particularly recommend clients to consider the savings that can be made by anticipating payments for:

Renewal fees: fall due on the last day of the month containing the anniversary of the date of filing of the European patent application. The payment can be made 6 months in advance in respect of the third year and 3 months in advance for the other years. Read more

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