The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced its biennial fee increases. These take effect from 1 April 2020. Details can be found here.
As in the past, the majority of the increases are explained to be inflationary with an average increase of 4-5%. An notable exception is the appeal fee, which will be increasing by nearly 20%.
There are two levels of appeal fee. A reduced appeal fee is payable for appellants that are either (a) a natural person, or (b) a small- or medium-sized enterprise, a non-profit organisation, a university or a public research organisation (see here for further details on these categories). The reduced appeal fee is increasing from 1,800 EUR to 1,955 EUR. For all other appellants, the appeal fee is increasing from 2,255 EUR to 2,705 EUR.
All rights reserved.Williams Powell are regulated by IPREG whose code of conduct can be found here.
These pages aim to provide a source of information for both non-professional enquirers e.g. inventors and their companies in the U.K. and professional consultants and advisers throughout the rest of the world. The pages are not intended to provide legal advice, which will only be provided on direct application to us in the formal context of a client/attorney relationship.
The information provided is correct to the best of our knowledge and belief, but is provided without obligation or guarantee. It will be updated from time to time as needed.