Increase to EPO Fees from 1 April 2024

Author: Avi Freeman
IP News

The EPO is to increase official filing fees for new applications with effect from 1 April 2024. This will apply to ex-PCT applications as well as first and convention filings.

A decision of the EPO Administrative council, yet to be published in the official journal (EPOJ), indicates that a number of the official filing fees for new applications are to increase by about 4%.

Not all fees are to increase but the search, exam and designation are all scheduled to increase.
The search fee is to increase from €1460 to €1520. The examination fee is to increase from €1850 to €1915 and the designation fee is to increase from €660 to €690.

The fee for grant and printing, payable in response to a notice of allowance (communication pursuant to Reule 71(3) EPC), is to increase from €1040 to €1080.

Publication of the decision is expected in the upcoming EPOJ of January 2024. Further details will follow on our website once this has been published.

Applicants with applications having filing due dates on or shortly after 1 April 2024 might consider getting the applications filed before this date to benefit from the current, lower, official fee rates.

For more information contact Avi Freeman or Matthew Ng.

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