Europe: Changes in EPO Official Fees Effective April 1, 2018

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Europe: Changes in EPO Official Fees Effective April 1, 2018

The EPO has announced that effective April 1, 2018 there will be a number of changes in its official fees, although the majority of the fees remain unchanged.  Some of the key changes to fees include:

Search Fees– The reduced search fee which has traditionally been available for international applications will no longer be available

Appeal Fee– will increase from €1,880 to €2,255 for larger companies.  The current, lower fee amount will still apply if the appeal is filed by an individual, small or medium sized enterprise, university, public research organization, or non-profit organization.

Electronic filing– the fee for filing European patent applications non-electronically is being raised to €250, but if filed electronically, the existing fee of €120 will apply.

PCT Applications- fees payable to the EPO as International Searching Authority or International Examining Authority will decrease. The reduction is presumably intended to encourage more Applicants to make use of the EPO’s services in relation to PCT applications.

 

Source:  Sanam, Habib, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP