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EPO Fee Changes – April 2024

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The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced that many of its fees will be increasing as of 1 April 2024.

The fee changes will affect several stages of patent prosecution. In most cases, the increases can be avoided by paying the fee, at the current rate, before 1 April 2024.

Notably, the renewal fees for years 3 and 4 are due to increase by around 30%, while the renewal fee for year 6 is actually due to decrease by about 2%.

A summary of the common official fees is found in the table below. The full schedule of fees is available on the EPO website.

If you would like advice on how the fee changes may affect your patent portfolio, please consult with your usual Forresters attorney.