European Patent Office (EPO) fee increases come into effect 01 April 2020. The EPO usually reviews official fees every two years. Most of the rises are moderate increases in the order of 4% or 5% and in-line with inflation. Some are higher and worth noting.

Notable increases include:

  • Appeal fee - for most appellants, this rises by close to 20% (€450) to €2,705.
  • Requests for copies of documents - certified copies of applications, priority documents, communication of file contents and additional copies of documents cited in search reports; all more than double in cost.

In some instances it is possible to pay fees earlier than 01 April 2020 and avoid the price increases.

Description (EPO code) Existing fee (€) Revised fee (€) Increase (€) Increase (%)
Filing fee – EP direct – not filed online (001) 250 260 10 4.00
Filing fee – EP direct – filed online (001) 120 125 5 4.17
Filing fee – EP-PCT entry – not filed online (020) 250 260 10 4.00
Filing fee – EP-PCT entry – filed online (020) 120 125 5 4.17
Additional printing fee for 36th and each subsequent page (008) 15 16 1 6.67
Additional fee for divisional 2nd generation (552) 210 220 10 4.76
Additional fee for divisional 3rd generation (553) 425 440 15 3.53
Additional fee for divisional 4th generation (554) 635 660 25 3.94
Additional fee for divisional 5th or any subsequent generation (555) 850 885 35 4.12
Fee for a European search – applications filed on/after 01 July 2005 (002) 1,300 1,350 50 3.85
Fee for a European search – supplementary search for applications filed before 01 July 2005 (002) 885 920 35 3.95
Designation fee – for all contracting states designated for applications filed on/after 01 April 2009 (005) 585 610 25 4.27
Designation fee – for each state designated (max 7x) for applications filed before 01 April 2009 (005) 100 105 5 5.00
Renewal fee for the 3rd year (033) 470 490 20 4.26
Renewal fee for the 4th year (034) 585 610 25 4.27
Renewal fee for the 5th year (035) 820 855 35 4.27
Renewal fee for the 6th year (036) 1,050 1,090 40 3.81
Renewal fee for the 7th year (037) 1,165 1,210 45 3.86
Renewal fee for the 8th year (038) 1,280 1,330 50 3.91
Renewal fee for the 9th year (039) 1,395 1,450 55 3.94
Renewal fee for the 10th and each subsequent year (040 to 050) 1,575 1,640 65 4.13
Additional fee for renewal fee 3rd year (50% of the belated fee - 093) 235 245 10 4.26
Additional fee for renewal fee 4th year (50% of the belated fee - 094) 292.50 305 12.50 4.27
Additional fee for renewal fee 5th year (50% of the belated fee – 095) 410 427.50 17.50 4.27
Additional fee for renewal fee 6th year (50% of the belated fee – 096) 525 545 20 3.81
Additional fee for renewal fee 7th year (50% of the belated fee – 097) 582.50 605 22.50 3.86
Additional fee for renewal fee 8th year (50% of the belated fee – 098) 640 665 25 3.91
Additional fee for renewal fee 9th year (50% of the belated fee – 099) 697.50 725 27.50 3.94
Additional fee for renewal fee 10th and each subsequent year (50% of the belated fee – 100 to 110) 787.50 820 32.50 4.13
Examination fee – for applications filed before 01 July 2005 and for international applications filed on/after 01 July 2005 without supplementary search report (006) 1,825 1,900 75 4.11
Examination fee – for applications filed on/after 01 July 2005 (006) 1,635 1,700 65 3.98
Fee for grant and printing (not more than 35 pages) or fee for grant including fee for publication (007) 925 960 35 3.78
Fee for publishing a new specification of the European patent (009) 75 80 5 6.67
Surcharge fee for printing (R.82(3), R.95(3)) (056) 120 125 5 4.17
Opposition fee (010) 785 815 30 3.82
Limitation fee (131) 1,165 1,210 45 3.86
Revocation fee (141) 525 545 20 3.81
Fee for appeal – for an appeal filed by an entity other than those referred to in Rule 6(4) and (5) EPC (011) 2,255 2,705 450 19.96
Fee for appeal – for an appeal filed by a natural person or an entity referred to in Rule 6(4) and (5) EPC (011) 1,880 1,955 75 3.99
Fee for petition for review (111) 2,910 3,025 115 3.95
Fee for further processing (late performance of acts R. 71(3) - 121) 255 265 10 3.92
Fee for further processing (non fee related cases - 122) 255 265 10 3.92
Fee for re-establishment, reinstatement, restoration (EPC, PCT - 013) 640 665 25 3.91
Conversion fee (014) 75 80 5 6.67
Fee for the late furnishing of a sequence listing (R.13ter.1, 13ter.2 PCT – 066) 230 240 10 4.35
Fee for late furnishing of sequence listings (Rule 30(3) EPC – 067) 230 240 10 4.35
Claims fee – for the 16th and each subsequent claim to the limit of 50 (015) 235 245 10 4.26
Claims fee – for the 51st and each subsequent claim (015) 585 610 25 4.27
Claims fee in accordance with R. 71(4) – for the 16th and each subsequent claim to the limit of 50 (016) 235 245 10 4.26
Claims fee in accordance with R. 71(4) – for the 51st and each subsequent claim (016) 585 610 25 4.27
Fee for the request of a decision on the fixing of costs by the opposition division (Rule 88(3) - 017) 75 80 5 6.67
Fee for the conservation of evidence (018) 75 80 5 6.67
Transmittal fee for an international application (019) 130 135 5 3.85
Fee for a technical opinion (060) 3,900 4,055 155 3.97
Protest fee – for international applications (062) 875 910 35 4.00
Review fee for a supplementary international search (069) 875 910 35 4.00
Registration of transfer (022) 100 105 5 5.00
Registration or cancellation of licences and other rights (023) 100 105 5 5.00
Certified copy (application, priority document, patent certificate, other documents – 029) 50 105 55 110.00
Communication of information from the files (030) 40 105 65 162.50
Additional copy of documents cited in search report (055) 40 105 65 162.50
Fee for an international-type search – first filings (004) 1,205 1,255 50 4.15
Fee for an international-type search – all other cases (004) 1,890 1,965 75 3.97
Fee for the late furnishing of a sequence listing (R.13ter.1, 13ter.2 PCT – 066) 230 240 10 4.35