The European Patent Office (EPO) has issued its Decision to increase the official fees as of 1 April 2020.
The majority of all official fees will be increased.
Payments of official fees that will become due after 1 April 2020 can be made early, i.e. by the end of March, in order to still profit from the old fee schedule.
A link to the official Decision of the EPO to increase the fees can be found here.
Below please see a list of the most important fees showing the costs before and after the cut-off date of 1 April 2020.
|Fee Description||Before 1 April 2020
|After 1 April 2020
|Additional fee for a European patent application comprising more than 35 pages
|Search fee for a European or supplementary European search
(on an application filed on or after 1 July 2005)
|Designation fee (flat fee)||585||610|
|3rd year renewal fee||470||490|
|4th year renewal fee||585||610|
|5th year renewal fee||820||855|
|6th year renewal fee||1050||1090|
|7th year renewal fee||1165||1210|
|8th year renewal fee||1280||1330|
|9th year renewal fee||1395||1450|
|10th – 20th year renewal fee||1575||1640|
(for an application filed after July 1st, 2005)
|Examination fee for an international application filed on or after July 1st 2005
for which no European Search Report is drawn up
|Fee for grant and printing||925||960|
|Appeal fee, filed by a natural person or small entity||1880||1955|
|Appeal fee, filed by any other entity||2255||2705|
|Further processing fee||255||265|
|Fee for re-establishment of rights||640||665|
|Claims fee, for the 16th and each subsequent claim up to the limit of 50||235||245|
|Claims fee, for the 51st and each subsequent claim||585||610|