UKIPO confirm changes to fees


Further to our announcement that the UKIPO were considering introducing some new fees and altering some existing fees, it has recently been confirmed that the proposed patent fee changes will go ahead on 6 April 2018.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-patents-fees-coming-into-force-on-6-april-2018/new-patent-fees-guidance-for-business

Pre-grant and Grant Fees

  Fee   before 6 Apr 2018 (£) from 6 Apr 2018 (£)
Application fee E-filing 20 60
Paper filing 30 90
NEW: 25% surcharge for paying the application fee after filing E-filing n/a 15
Paper filing 22.50
Search Fee E-filing 130 150*
Paper filing 150 180*
Search Fee for an international application (UK)** E-filing 100 120*
Paper filing 120 150*
Substantive examination fee E-filing 80 100***
Paper filing 100 130***
NEW: Excess claims fee E-filing n/a £20 for each claim over 25
Paper filing
NEW: Excess pages fee E-filing n/a £10 for each page of description over 35
Paper filing
NEW: Grant fee E-filing n/a Fees for any further excess claim or pages (see below)
Paper filing

 

*plus excess claims fee

**where the international application has already been searched in the international phase

***plus excess pages fee

Renewal Fees

Renewal fees have been increased by £10 for years 12 onwards.

Transitional arrangements for renewal fees If a renewal due date is before 6 April 2018 and payment is validly made either before 6 April or after 6 April 2018, then the fee is that which applied before 6 April 2018.
If a renewal due date is on or after 6 April 2018 and payment is validly made before 6 April 2018, then the fee is that which applied before 6 April 2018.
If a renewal due date is on or after 6 April 2018 and payment is validly made after 6 April 2018, then the fee is that which applied after 6 April 2018.

Grant Fees

At the time the application is found to be in order for grant, a further check will be made to determine:

  1. whether there were 25 or fewer claims when the search was requested and there are now more than 25 claims,
  2. whether there were 35 or fewer pages of description when the substantive examination was requested and there are now more than 35 pages of description, and
  3. whether the number of excess claims or excess pages present in the application has increased above the number paid for earlier in prosecution.

The grant fee will be the sum of £20 for any additional excess claims (claims over 25) and £10 for any additional excess pages of description (pages over 35).

No excess claims fees will be payable if a search fee was paid before 6 April 2018, and no excess pages fee will be payable if the fee for substantive examination was paid before 6 April 2018.

Transitional arrangements

for grant fees

Where both the search fee and fee for substantive examination were paid before 6 April 2018, no grant fee will be required.
Where the search fee was paid before 6 April 2018 but the fee for substantive examination was paid on or after 6 April 2018 then if a grant fee is required it will only be composed of any fees required for additional excess pages. No excess claims fee will be payable.
Where both the search fee and fee for substantive examination were paid on or after 6 April 2018, then any increase in both excess claims and excess pages must be paid for before grant.

PCT fees

Also, on the 1 January 2018, the PCT fee structure changed.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/1-january-2018-update-to-the-patent-cooperation-treaty-pct-fees

Fee (£)
Transmittal fee 75
Search fee 1,660
International fee £1,029 for the first 30 sheets

£12 for each sheet over 30

Restoration of priority 150
Reductions for e-filing 155 (not being in character coded format)

232 (in character coded format)

Preparation of priority document 20

 


If you would like further detail on any of the above, or would like to discuss patent fees with one of our experienced attorneys, then please do not hesitate to be in touch.


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