The European Patent Office (EPO) usually reviews its fee structure every two years. In line with this, the EPO has announced that fees will increase from 1 April 2020. We have summarised the fee increases for many frequently paid fees in the table below, most of which are in the region of 4%.
However, the appeal fee has increased substantially from €2255 to €2705, which equates to an increase of around 20%. The EPO will continue to offer a reduced appeal fee to a) small and medium-sized enterprises; (b) natural persons; and (c) non-profit organisations, universities or public research organisations (i.e. appellants as defined in Rule 6(4) and (5) EPC). The appeal fee for these appellants will soon be €1955, which represents around a 4% increase to the current fee.
In addition, the fees for requesting a certified copy of a document (e.g. an application, a priority document, a patent certificate, etc.) and for ordering additional copies of documents cited in a search report have increased dramatically (by 110% and 162.5%, respectively).
On the other hand, the fees for filing an international application and for requesting international search, supplementary international search and preliminary examination of an international application remain unchanged.
|Fee type||New fee as of 1 April 2020||Fee increase|
|Online filing fee (EP direct or EP regional phase entry)||€125||4.2% (+€5)|
|Additional filing fee (for 36th and each subsequent page)||€16||6.7% (+€1)|
|Excess claims fee (for the 16th to 50th claims)||€245||4.3% (+€10)|
|Excess claims fee (for each claim in excess of 51)||€610||4.3% (+€25)|
|Fee for a European search/supplementary European search (for applications filed on or after 1/7/2005)||€1350||3.8% (+€50)|
|Designation fee (for applications filed on or after 1/4/2009)||€610||4.3% (+€25)|
|Examination fee (for applications filed on or after 1/7/2005)||€1700||4.0% (+€65)|
|Examination fee (for international applications filed on or after 1/7/2005 for which no supplementary European search is drawn up)||€1900||4.1% (+€75)|
|3rd year renewal fee||€490||4.3%* (+€20)|
|Fee for grant and publication (for applications filed on or after 1/4/2009)||€960||3.8% (+€35)|
|Opposition fee||€815||3.8% (+€30)|
|Appeal fee||€2705||20% (+€450)|
|Appeal fee (for appellants as defined in R6(4) and (5) EPC)||€1955||4.0% (+€75)|
|Registration of a transfer||€105||5.0% (+€5)|
|Fee for certified copy of a document (application, priority document, patent certificate, other documents)||€105||110% (+€55)|
|Fee for additional copy of documents cited in a search report||€105||162.5% (+€65)|
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