EPO fee changes from 1 April 2020


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
Filing fee 120 125
Additional fee for a European patent application comprising more than 35 pages
(per page)
15 16
Search fee for a European or supplementary European search
(on an application filed on or after 1 July 2005)
1300 1350
Designation fee (flat fee) 585 610
Renewal fees:
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
Examination fee
(for an application filed after July 1st, 2005)
1635 1700
Examination fee for an international application filed on or after July 1st 2005
for which no European Search Report is drawn up
1825 1900
Fee for grant and printing 925 960
Opposition fee 785 815
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


European Patent Validation


Not to be confused with the much delayed Unitary Patent, the European Patent system provides companies with an important structure for protecting and exploiting inventions in Europe. However, certain requirements must be met if patent holders are to make best use of the system.

Unlike the European Union Trade Mark (EUTM), which protects trademarks across the European Union on registration, a European Patent (EP) does not automatically deliver Europe-wide protection on grant. Instead, an EP patent application will be filed first at the European Patent Office (EPO, and then, after the EPO has granted the European patent, it is extended to other signatory countries via the EP validation process.

Valet Patent Services, LLP offers a low cost, highly efficient and centralized European patents validation service. With us, you have a single point of contact to manage your European patent validation in each of 38 EP member states. We offer a significantly lower cost service than other providers. Send us an email to mail@valetpatentdev.wpengine.com for a locked-in quote.

Core requirements: language translation, address for service and payment of fees

The EP validation process is subject to a number of important requirements and deadlines. In particular, companies seeking to validate their EP rights need to do so within three months of first grant and, depending on the country in question, adhere to certain translation requirements.

Group 1 – no translation requirements Signatory countries that share an official language with the European Patent Office (English, French or German) no longer require the EP to be translated into their national language. This applies to: France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland/Liechtenstein and the UK.
Group 2 – claim translation only All other signatory countries require the claims to be translated into their national languages as part of the validation process. Some of these countries also require a description in English.
Group 3 – full translation required Non-signatory countries to continue to require a full translation of the patent into their national language.

In addition to translation requirements, there are a number of countries that require a local address for service or appointment of a local patent attorney. Often, there are validation fees to be paid.

At Valet Patent Services, LLP, we handle all of these requirements in each country. You will receive a single invoice for the entire European patent validation project. Send us an email to mail@valetpatentdev.wpengine.com for a locked in quote for your next European patent validation project.

Getting the translation right

Companies seeking to validate their patents in countries requiring claim or full translation need access to specialized translators with the deep industry and scientific knowledge necessary to provide patent translations in their technical field. For this reason, it’s important to work with an IP adviser who can match you to the right translator for your industry sector and specific needs. This can help to ensure that translations are faithful to the original text, and requirements of the designated countries.

At Valet Patent Services, LLP, we only work with mother tongue translators who have the requisite technical qualifications in your field. Send us an email to mail@valetpatentdev.wpengine.com for a locked-in quote for your next European patent validation project.

Focusing on the most appropriate markets

It’s not necessary to validate patents in every signatory state; instead, companies should favor core distribution, transportation and/or manufacturing markets when validating their EP rights. For advice in this regard, please email us at mail@valetpatentdev.wpengine.com.

IP and Brexit



The UK’s 47-year membership of the European project (spanning the EEC and the EU) formally comes to an end as of 23.00 GMT today (31st January 2020).


What does Brexit mean for Patents?


The UK’s exit from the EU will have no effect on the UK’s participation in the current European patent system, as the European Patent Office (EPO) is established under the European Patent Convention (which is an international treaty that is independent of the EU).  The EPO has issued a formal notice to this effect. It is therefore “business as normal” for patents. The rights of British EP patent attorneys to act before the EPO are unaffected.


That said, Brexit may prevent implementation of the proposed Unitary Patent System that was expected to come into force in the near future (barring various outstanding legal challenges).  If the unitary patent system were ever to be implemented, it is presently unclear whether the UK would be able to participate in that system.


What does Brexit mean for Trademarks and Registered Designs?


There will be a transition period beginning 1st February 2020 and ending on 31st December 2020, during which time the UK will continue to abide by EU law.  As such, the UK will remain part of the EU trade mark (EUTM) system and EU registered community design (RCD) system throughout the transition period. EU trademarks and Registered Community Designs (RCDs) will continue to extend to the UK during this time.


Businesses, organisations or individuals that have applications for an EUTM or RCD that are pending at the end of the transition period will have a period of nine months from the end of the transition period to apply in the UK for the same protections. We will keep everyone regularly informed as this period draws to a close.


Upon expiry of the transition period, comparable UK rights for RCDs and EUTMs (that are already in force at that time) will be automatically created by the UK Intellectual Property Office.


The above arrangements set out the default positions that would be adopted by the UKIPO at the expiry of the transition period.  Of course, it is possible that alternative arrangements may be agreed between the UK and the EU during the transition period. If alternative arrangements are agreed, we will keep everyone updated.


Irrespective of what happens in the EU/UK negotiations, Brexit will not result in the loss of any existing trademark and design rights.


And what about Unregistered Designs?


The UK will remain part of the EU unregistered community design system throughout the transition period. This means that two- and three-dimensional designs (including, for example, clothing designs and patterns) disclosed in the UK or an EU Member State can be automatically protected in both territories as unregistered Community Designs. This right provides three years of protection from copying.


Unregistered community designs arising before the end of the transition period will continue to be protected in the UK for the remainder of their three-year term.


Designs disclosed in the UK after the end of the transition period may be protected in the UK via a supplementary unregistered design, which will protect two- and three-dimensional designs for three years.


Again, this would be the default position in the UK at the expiry of the transition period.


How can Valet Patent Services help?


As detailed above, there will be no change to patent practice caused by Brexit. There will also be no changes to any trademark or design practice until around the end of 2020.  What happens thereafter is largely dependent upon the EU/UK negotiations.


Valet Patent Services has offices and attorneys in both the UK and EU.  As such, we are well placed to be able to continue providing our clients with the same level of IP protection in Europe as we do now.




Going through the validation process for a European Patent in different countries simultaneously can be a complex, time consuming and expensive procedure. Valet Patent Services is your low-cost, single point-of-contact partner that handles the entire procedure with simple workflows, while you can focus on your own business.

European Patent Validation – What, When and How?

EP Validation is the process of converting a single granted European Patent into a national patent in one or more of the 42 European Patent Organization member, extension and validation states.

The validation process typically involves high quality, technically-qualified translation of all or part of the patent, the payment of fees and the filing of documents within a certain time frame – usually three months from the European Grant Date.

The actual requirements vary between countries. Generally, there is a requirement to translate some or all of the European patent specification, to pay fees at the local patent office, and to appoint a local representative.  Valet Patent Services, LLP offers a central service for completing all of these acts in each of your designated countries.

EP Validation Deadline

The deadline for validation in most countries is three months from the European Grant date.

What makes us different?

We only use technically qualified, mother tongue translators who are often patent attorneys in the local jurisdiction.  We have arranged special fees with our local partners in each country and can pass on significant discounts to you.  We believe that Valet Patent Services, LLP is the lowest cost provider of European patent validation services.  We have tried and tested procedures that are pending ISO certification to guarantee that all deadlines and formal requirements are satisfied.  We complete thousands of European patent validations each year and you can rely on the experience we have gained to complete your validations projects on-time and without fuss.

We offer you:

  • An easy validation management service with a single point of contact,
  • We’ll take care of the rest, keeping you informed at every stage, while you retain control.
  • Competitive costs without any hidden expenses.
  • Certified patent translators for a state of art translations.
  • An efficient follow up management that provides renewals, annual payments and other IP related services.
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