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How to Renew a Patent at the European Patent Office (EPO)?

Once you file a European patent, you will have to pay a recurring renewal fee to maintain the European patent application. It is important to note that you will have to settle renewal fees from year three, and each subsequent year after the date of filing. This will have to be done until the European patent becomes granted or until proceedings of the process have been closed.

For example, if the filing date of a European patent is 2020-11-17, you will have to pay the patent's first renewal fee on 2022-11-30.

Renewal Fees by Intellectual Property Type

On a European level, there are two intellectual property types. At PatentRenewal.com, we have all the necessary tools and procedures to ensure that both types can be renewed through us. 

Intellectual Property Type #1 - European Patents

A European patent is valid until it is granted. Once granted, it will then be validated in its member states.

Intellectual Property Type #2 - European Designs

A European registered Community design (RCD) is valid for a period of 5 years and can be renewed for a maximum period of 25 years, 5 years at a time. For more information on EPO designs renewal process, visit this link.

Written and edited by the PatentRenewal.com team
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Patent Renewal Fee Intervals in the EPO from 1st of April, 2022

The patent renewal fees increase each year. Please refer to the breakdown below.

Patent Year Official renewal fee for patent (EUR)
3 505
4 630
5 880
6 1 125
7 1 245
8 1 370
9 1 495
10 1 690
11 1 690
12 1 690
13 1 690
14 1 690
15 1 690
16 1 690
17 1 690
18 1 690
19 1 690
20 1 690
Patent Year
Official renewal fee for patent (EUR)
3
490
4
610
5
1090
6
1210
7
1330
8
1450
9
1640
10
1640
11
1640
12
1640
13
1640
14
1640
15
1640
16
1640
17
1640
18
1640
19
1640
20
1640

EPO patent renewal fees FAQ

When is the first patent renewal fee due in EPO?‍
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The first renewal fee is paid on the 2nd anniversary of the filing date.

Late grants and patent renewals?‍
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The renewal fee is due on the last day of the anniversary month of the filing date and it may be paid 3 months prior to the filing date.

What are the due dates and payment windows?‍
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The renewal fee is due on the last day of the filing dates anniversary month, and can also be settled 3 months prior to this date.

Can I renew a patent after I miss a renewal deadline?‍
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Yes, it is possible to renew a European patent after its deadline. Please note, however, that you will incur a late fee of up to 50% in addition to the basic renewal fee. This new amount will need to be settled within 6 months after the renewal deadline.

Do I need local council?‍
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It is not mandatory to use a local agent or representative when renewing a European patent. The fees which are due to the European Patent Office (EPO) can simply be transferred into the account of the EPO (both deposit and credit card accounts are permitted).

How long do patents last in EPO?‍
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The renewal of a European patent will take place until it is granted and thereafter, validated in its member states. Once that is complete, the patent and the protection it offers will no longer exist.  If a patent is not granted before the 20th anniversary of the filing date it expires.

How can I contact the European Patent Office?‍

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You can get in touch with EPO either via email or phone:

Email: support@epo.org

Phone: 00 800 80 20 20 20

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