As of 01 April 2022, official fees to be paid to the EPO will increase on average by approx. 3%. Some of the most common fees will change as follows.
A detailed summary of all fees can be found under the following official EPO Link. Generally, the EPO moderately increases the office fees every two years – and this year is no exception.
In other news, the Unitary Patent is gradually gaining momentum. The ratification deposited by Austria in January means that the Provisional Application Period has started and that the Unified Patent Court has officially come into existence. Possibly starting in summer 2022, it will be possible to bring pending EP applications under the jurisdiction of the new court and obtain a patent with unitary effect.
But whether or not this is advisable for you and your clients depends on multiple factors. In order to facilitate your decision making and shape a new IP strategy, we have gathered all relevant information and will be hosting a virtual UPC roadshow led by our European Litigation Team (Dr Matthias Stolmár, Andreas Noack and Denise Nestle-Nguyen, who all hold a certificate in European Patent Litigation from University of Strassbourg/CEIPI). Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting a personalized presentation on the UPC system.
If you have any questions about the soon-to-be-available Unitary Patent and its litigation or about EPO procedures and their costs in general please do not hesitate to contact us.
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