Spain: Official Fee Changes Effective April 1, 2017

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Spain: Official Fee Changes Effective April 1, 2017

Effective April 1, 2017 the official fees for annuities and SPC maintenance fees will change under the recently approved new Patent Law in Spain. Please note that according to the new law, annuities cannot be paid in advance of the expiration date (which is still the last day of the application month). The new regulation stipulates a period of three months from the expiration date to pay annuities without surcharges, followed by three months with a 25% surcharge, and the final three months with a 50% surcharge. There is a total of nine months during which time the payment of annuity fees can be made.