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UNITARY PATENT

In 2012 Member States and the European Parliament agreed on the "patent package" - a legislative initiative consisting of two...

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Unitary Patent Renewal Fees

On 24 June, the Select Committee of the EPO responsible for the unitary patent approved a level of renewal fees for this new type of patent that will be equivalent to the “True Top 4” currently selected national states (viz. equivalent to the fees in UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands). The EPO says this “corresponds to a reduction of 78% compared to the current situation”.

Our chart compares, on a normalized basis per million head of population, these Unitary Patent renewal fees to the current fees for (a) renewing a European patent application at the EPO and (b) maintaining a US patent (averaged over each fee period).