EPO announces raise of fees FROM 1 APRIL, 2020
The EPO’s Rules relating to Fees have been amended by decision of the Administrative Council of 12 December 2019. The amended version of the Rules relating to Fees is applicable as from 1 April 2020.
An evaluation of the fee adjustments indicates a general increase of approx. 4-5% for most fees.
It is noteworthy that the fees in the amount of 1 775 EUR for an international search or a supplementary international search carried out by the EPO on international applications remain unchanged. Equally, the EPO has maintained the previous fees in the amount of 1 830 EUR for the preliminary examination of an international application.
A distinct increase relates to the appeal fee for an appeal field by an entity other than a small and medium-sized enterprise, natural person or non-profit organization, university or public research organization. Said appeal fee has been adjusted from 2 255 EUR to 2 705 EUR and represents an increase of approx. 20%.
As a consequence, in case procedural steps for EPO patents or patent applications are due in mid-2020 or in case you wish to use any of the EPO's services concerned by the fee raise, it can be worthwhile to take the necessary steps so that the respective fee can be paid before 1 April 2020.
For more details on the new fee schedule, it may be referred to the corresponding communication from the EPO available under https://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/official-journal/2019/etc/se3/p1/2019-se3-p1.pdf.
If you have questions with regards to the new Rules relating to Fees, please contact LAVOIX Munich.