It is understood that patenting is an expensive and extensive
process. Usually, while filing a patent, only the statutory filing
fees (Official fee) and the professional fees are disclosed.
However, after the filing, there are certain other fees that are to
be paid to the Indian Patent Office (IPO). Therefore, it is
imperative that one should understand the patent registration
procedure and realize the fee break-up while applying for a
Firstly, while filing a patent application, the status of the
applicant- whether a natural person, small entity or other than a
natural person – is considered. 'Other than natural
person' may include a legal entity; it may also include a legal
entity and a natural person jointly. The small entity will have to
submit Form-28 along with necessary evidence documents.
Specification and Claims:
The IPO levies no patent fees for a specification up to 30 pages
and up to 10 claims. However, if the specification exceeds 30
pages, or if there are more than 10 claims, then an extra fee to be
paid per page or claim.
All patent applications filed are published in the Patent Office
Journal after 18 months from the date of filing of the application.
However, if the publication needs to be hastened, then there is an
option of early publication by filing Form-9 and making appropriate
payments. If an early publication opted, the application will be
published within one month from the date of the request.
Request for Examination:
Applications are examined only when the examination fees are
paid by the Applicant; otherwise, the applications are deemed to be
abandoned. Fee for examination needs to be paid within a period of
48 months from the date of priority or date of filing of the
application. It is to be kept in mind that earlier payment of fees
entitles earlier examination, thus hastening the patent
The following table provides the Patent fees in
India for the patent registration process and various
entities. (Natural person/ startup, small entity and large
On What Payable
Statutory Fee (INR)
Natural person/ Startup
Application for a Patent (Provisional or
Complete Specification) – Up to 30 Pages & 10 Claims
For each sheet in addition to 30
For each Claim in addition to 10
Statement and Undertaking
Declaration of inventor-ship
Request for Publication
Request for Ordinary Examination
Request for Expedited Examination
Amendment of before grant
Amendment of Address Change
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