EPO NEWS: FEE INCREASE
Two years after the last fee increase in April 2020, the European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that it will increase office fees by an average of 2.5% from April 1, 2022.
The fees with the largest increase (~3%) include filing and renewal fees, while additional page fees, international search fees, and further processing of delayed payments will remain at current levels.
Most official fees paid on or after April 1, 2022 will be calculated at the new rate. Applicants can therefore save money by paying fees early, before the fee increase deadline of April 1, 2022, even if the official fee payment due date is later in the year. Some fee payments (e.g., examination fees and annual fees) may be made several months before the official due date. Therefore, it may be worthwhile for applicants to review their patent portfolios now to determine which fee payments are due in the next few months.
In particular, early entry into the European regional phase (i.e., before April 1, 2022) offers the highest potential savings. This can save applicants up to €115 per application (approximately 3% of the official fees).
Therefore, it may be worthwhile for applicants to examine their pending PCT applications now to decide whether to enter the European regional phase early to benefit from the cost savings.
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