European Patent Office – Important News

Increase of official fees at the European Patent Office from 1 April 2024 and new fee reductions for micro-entities

Following the Decision of the Administrative Council of 14 December 2023 published in the Official Journal of January 2024, the EPO has announced an increase of some official fees as of 1 April 2024.

Accordingly it may be advisable to consider the payment of outstanding official fees (such as maintenance fees which may be paid up to 3 months in advance) or even the filing of new applications prior to that date in order to reduce costs.

The new official fees are available at  https://www.epo.org/en/legal/official-journal/2024/01/a3.html

Likewise, a new fee reduction scheme specifically for micro-enterprises, natural persons, non-profit organizations, universities and public research organizations will be available as of 1 April 2024. These micro-entities will benefit from a 30% reduction in all main fees provided that no more than 5 applications have been filed in the last 5 years.

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