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EPO Fees – changes applying from 1 April 2023

February 2023

The EPO has announced (here and here) that for the second year in a row, new EPO Official Fees will apply from 1 April 2023. The new amounts will apply to payments made on or after 1 April 2023. Many fees, including renewals fees, will increase by around 5%. A summary of the new fees is show below. In some cases, applicants may want to consider the timing for paying fees in relation to their applications to maximise any opportunities to pay lower official fees. If you would like advice on this, please contact your usual HGF Attorney.

 

EPO fees

EPA fee Fee (€) before 1 April 2023 Fee (€) from 1 April 2023 EURO increase % increase
1. Filing fee where documents are filed online, but any one of them is filed in a format other than character-coded format 130 135 5 4
1a. Additional page fee for each page over 35 pages 16 17 No change
1b. Additional fee in the case of a divisional application 
- fee for a divisional application of second generation 225 235 10 4
- fee for a divisional application of third generation 455 480 25 5
- fee for a divisional application of fourth generation 680 715 35 5
- fee for a divisional application of fifth or any subsequent generation 910 955 45 5
2. Search fee in respect of
a European or supplementary European search on an application filed on or after 1 July 2005  1390 1460 70 5
a European or supplementary European search on an application filed before 1 July 2005 950 1000 50 5
an international search 1775 1775 No change
a supplementary international search 1775 1775 No change
3. Designation fee for one or more Contracting States 630 660 30 5
4. Renewal fees for the European patent application 
- for the 3rd year 505 530 25 5
- for the 4th year 630 660 30 5
- for the 5th year 880 925 45 5
- for the 6th year 1125 1180 55 5
- for the 7th year 1245 1305 60 5
- for the 8th year 1370 1440 70 5
- for the 9th year 1495 1570 75 5
- for the 10th and each subsequent year 1690 1775 85 5
5. Additional fee for belated payment of a renewal fee for the European patent application (Rule 51, paragraph 2) 50% surcharge
6. Examination fee in respect of: 0
an application filed before 1 July 2005 1955 2055 100 5
an application filed on or after 1 July 2005 1750 1840 90 5
an international application filed on or after 1 July 2005 for which no supplementary European search report is drawn up  1955 2055 100 5
7. Fee for grant, including fee for publication of the European patent specification 990 1040 50 5
8. Fee for publishing a new specification of the European patent  80 85 5 6
9. Surcharge for late performance of the acts required to maintain the European patent in amended form 130 135 5 4
10. Opposition fee 840 880 40 5
10a. Limitation or revocation fee
- request for limitation 1245 1305 60 5
- request for revocation 560 590 30 5
11. Fee for appeal 
– by a natural person or an entity specified by the EPO 2015 2015 0
– by any other entity 2785 2925 140 5
12. Fee for further processing
in the event of late payment of a fee 50% of the relevant fee
in the event of late performance of the acts required 275 290 15 5
other cases 275 290 15 5
13. Fee for re-establishment of rights/fee for requesting restoration/fee for reinstatement of rights  685 720 35 5
14. Registration of transfer 110 115 5 5
15. Fee for late furnishing of a sequence listing 245 225 10 4
16. Claims fee
- for the 16th and each subsequent claim up to the limit of 50 250 265 15 6
- for the 51st and each subsequent claim 630 660 30 5

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