April 20, 2018

United Kingdom: Patent Fees Increase on April 6, 2018

Effective April 6, 2018 the UK has made small increases to most of its fees.  In addition, excess claims and page fees are being introduced.  It will however still be possible to file a UK patent application without any fees.  Thus a priority date can be established without incurring patent office fees. Search and Examination of UK Applications:  It is necessary to pay an application and search fee.  Both of these fees will increase slightly after April 6, 2018, and the application fee will incur a small surcharge if you choose to pay this after filing the application.  A more significant change is the introduction of excess claims fees of £20 for each claim over 25. The examination fee will also increase slightly.  In addition, excess page fees of £ 10 for each page over 35 will apply. The increased application, search, and examination fees, and the new excess claims and page fees will apply to International applications entering the UK national phase. Source:  Dehns
April 20, 2018

EPO: Fee Reductions Effective April 1, 2018

The European Patent Office announced that effective April 1, 2018 fee reductions for patent applications entered into force.   A summary of these fee reductions includes the following: The EPO will not apply the biennial fee adjustment for 2018-2020. PCT search and Examination fees are reduced by EUR 100 each Increased discount on EPO examination fees for files already examined by the EPO in PCT proceedings from the current 50% to 75%.  Applicants will now only pay EUR 456.24 instead of EUR 912.50 Source:  EPO
March 26, 2018

European Union: UK Ratifies Hague Agreement for Industrial Designs

  On March 13, 2018, the UK deposited the instrument of ratification of the Geneva Act (1999) of the Hague Agreement with WIPO, in Geneva, completing its final step toward joining the Hague Agreement for industrial designs.  The Act will come into effect on June 13, 2018. The Decision to join the Hague system will allow applicants to register designs in the UK through an application filed with the International Bureau at WIPO.   Source:  Clare A. Cornell, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
March 26, 2018

European Union: EPO to Allow Earlier Payment of Third Year Renewal Fee

Effective April 1, 2018, the payment window for the third year renewal fee is being extended. It will now be possible for Applicants to pay the third year renewal fee up to six months before it falls due. This change means that, in most cases, applicants will now have the opportunity to pay the third year renewal fee at the same time they bring a PCT application into the regional phase in the EPO. This change applies to any application for which the third year renewal fee is paid on or after 1 April 2018.  This change only applies to the third year renewal fee, subsequent renewal fees may still only be validly paid within a three month window before they fall due. Source: Sanam Habib, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. LLP
March 26, 2018

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
March 2, 2018

Oman: Adopting the 11th Edition of the Nice Classification

The 11th edition of the Nice Classification entered into force in February, 2018 in Oman, thus replacing the outgoing 10th edition. The adoption of the 11th edition will not affect trademarks already filed and registered in Oman. Upon next renewal, goods and classes affected by this change in formalities should be reclassified accordingly by the Trademark Office. Source: SABA IP
March 2, 2018

Tunisia: Increase in Value Added Tax Rate

Effective January 2, 2018, the value added tax increased in Tunisia from 18 percent to 19 percent. The increase in the VAT rate in Tunisia follows a similar increase in Lebanon, where the VAT stands at 11 percent up from a level of 10 percent. Source:  SABA IP
February 26, 2018

Sweden: Official Fee Increases Effective February 14, 2018

Effective February 14, 2018 the Swedish Patent office has announced certain fee changes for patents and trademarks. For patents, the annual fee can’t be paid more than six months before the due date.  The annual fee may be paid with a 20% increase within six months from the due date.  If the annuity is not paid, the patent lapses from the beginning of the fee year for which the annuity was not paid.  This also applies if the annuity is not paid in the full amount. Annuities must be paid without a reminder from PRV.  The PRV does not send an invoice regarding the annual fees.  Additional information about annual fees can be found here: The new official fee for filing a trademark application is now SEK 2,700 in paper form and SEK 2,000 for e-filing in one class.  The official fee for each additional class is now SEK 1,000 for e-filing and in paper form.   Source    
January 10, 2018

Iraq:  Updated Trademark Registration System

The Iraqi Trademark Office suspended all pending applications with filing numbers ranging between 50,000 and 72,000, due to the huge backlog of work at the TMO.  Applicants must re-file their applications at the TMO, but will still benefit from prior rights. This news follows the introduction of a new procedure at the TMO for the renewal of trademarks, and for the recordal of assignment, merger, change of name, as well as change of address, which entails the publication of notices in the Official Gazette.  An additional fee for publication is associated with this revised practice. Source:  SABA IP
January 10, 2018

Afghanistan:  No Grace Period for Trademark Renewals

The Trademark Office in Afghanistan announced that there is no longer a grace period for the renewal of an expired trademark. The previous practice at the TMO allowed for a six-month grace period.  With this announcement, it is advisable that all renewals must be filed no later than one month before their expiration date. Source:  SABA IP