EPO announces fee increases from 1 April 2024

18 March 2024

EPO announces fee increases effective April 1, 2024, with significant rises for third and fourth-year renewals.

18 March 2024

Following the Administrative Council’s decision on December 14, 2023, the European Patent Office (EPO) will implement a general hike in its official fees by 4%, effective on April 1, 2024. Notably, the fees for the third- and fourth-year renewals will see significant rises of 30% and 28% respectively.

Below, you will find a summary of the adjustments for some of the EPO’s most frequently incurred fees:

Current fees (€) New fees from April 1, 2024 (€) Difference (€)
Excess claims fee (for the 16th to 50th claims) 265 275 +10
Search fee 1.460 1.520 +60
Designation fee 660 685 +25
Examination fee 1.840 1.915 +75
Fee for Grant 1.040 1.080 +40
Renewal fee 3th year 530 690 +160
Renewal fee for 4th year 660 845 +185
Renewal fee for 5th year 925 1.000 +75

A few actions can be taken to avoid the negative impact of the increase of fees, such as:

  • Submitting direct EP applications where the priority period remains open.
  • For Regional Euro-PCT stages, a saving of €160 is possible with an additional saving of €320 if the third renewal fee is due.
  • Paying 3rd and 4th year renewal fees due on/or before June 30, 2024, can result in a saving of 28-30% on these fees.
  • Proceed with grant formalities only if you have already received the R. 71(3) EPC communication.

If you have further questions regarding these fee changes, please get in touch with us.

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