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How to Renew a Patent in Estonia

Renew a Estonian patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO):

During the application process renewal fees must be paid to the EPO. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the second anniversary of the patent's filing date, and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis. Once a patent is granted by the EPO and validated in Estonia, the renewal fee is paid to the The Estonian Patent Office (Rahandusministeerium). The rules which apply to a national Estonian patent also apply to an EP patent in Estonia. For more information on renewal fees related to the EPO, please visit another one of our articles on this link, here.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15, and the grant date is 2023-04-25, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the EPO starting from 2019-06-30 onwards until 2022-06-30. From 2023 onwards, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the Estonian Patent Office.

Renew a national patent with the Estonian Patent Office:

In order to maintain a patent application in Estonia, a renewal fee must be paid to the The Estonian Patent Office (Rahandusministeerium) on an annual basis. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due at the beginning of the patent's second filing date anniversary. The renewal fees in Estonia are always due on the last day of the month, on which the original filing date of the application falls.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15, you will only have to settle the renewal fee on the last day of June starting from 2019-06-30 onwards.

Renewal Fees by Intellectual Property Type

In Estonia, there are other types of intellectual property. 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 - Utility Models

A Estonian utility model is valid for 10 years from the filing date of the application, and is in force for four years from the filing date of the application. You can renew the utility registration twice: first, for four years and then for another two years. The renewal fees are due on the last day of the month, which is when the term of protection ends. If the renewal fee is not paid by the due date, the utility model will enter a grace period of 6 months. This gives you the time to still renew the utility model, however, the fee is higher.

Intellectual Property Type #2 - Designs

A Estonian design is valid for 25 years from its filing date. Initially, an Estonian design is protected for 5 years after which, it can be renewed every five years thereafter - up to a maximum of four renewals. In order to maintain the protection beyond the initial 5 year period, one will have to pay renewal fees at the beginning of the 6th year in order to extend the protection term a further 5 years. Renewal fees are required with each registered design, even if these are designs of multiple applications. The renewal fees in Estonia will always fall on the last day of the month, and in this case, is when the term of protection ends. If the renewal fee is not paid by the due date, the design will enter a grace period of 6 months. This gives you the time to still renew the design, however, the fee is higher.

Written and edited by the PatentRenewal.com team
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Patent Renewal Fee Intervals in Estonia

The patent renewal fees of a patent application are due at the beginning of the third anniversary from the filing date.  For further clarification, please refer to the breakdown below.

Patent Year Official renewal fee for patent (EUR)
1
2
3 116
4 77
5 97
6 120
7 135
8 155
9 180
10 205
11 245
12 285
13 320
14 360
15 405
16 450
17 495
18 540
19 585
20 630
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

Estonia patent renewal fees FAQ

When is the first patent renewal fee due in Estonia?
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National patent: The first renewal fee of a patent application is due at the beginning of the second anniversary year from the filing date.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15, you will only have to settle the renewal fee on the last day of June starting from 2019-06-30 onwards.

Estonian patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO): The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the second anniversary of the patent's filing date and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis. Once a patent is granted by the EPO and validated in Estonia, the renewal fee is paid to the The Estonian Patent Office (Rahandusministeerium).

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15, and the grant date is 2023-04-25, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the EPO starting from 2019-06-30 onwards until 2022-06-30. From 2023 onwards, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the Estonian Patent Office.

What happens to an Estonian patent before it has been granted?
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National patent: Prior to grant, the Estonian patent application is in its filing stage. You will have to pay the renewal fee to the Estonian patent office irrespective of whether the patent has been granted or not. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the third anniversary of the filing date.

Estonian patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO): Prior to grant, the patent application is in its filing stage with the EPO. You can only begin paying the renewal fees to the EPO from the second anniversary of the patent's filing date and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis. However, once the patent has been granted and validated in Estonia, the renewal fee is thereafter paid to the The Estonian Patent Office (Rahandusministeerium).

What are the due dates and payment windows?
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National patent: The payment window in Estonia opens two months before the renewal fees are due. It is important to note that the renewal fees cannot be settled prior to this window opening. This rule is applicable to both national patents as well as to an EP patent in Estonia.

For example, if the renewal due date of a patent is 2017-06-30, you will only have to settle the renewal fee starting from 2019-04-30 onwards.

Can I renew a patent after I miss a renewal deadline?
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National patent: Yes, it is possible to renew an Estonian patent after its deadline. If you fail to pay the renewal fee in due time, the patent will move into a 6 month grace period whereby, the renewal fees can still be settled. However, when entering a grace period you will incur an increase of 10% to that of the original renewal fees. If you wish to maintain the patent, the (new) total renewal fee will have to be settled within the given 6 month timeframe.

Estonian patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO): The patent for missing a renewal deadline follows the same rules as for national patents.

Do I need assistance from the local council?
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It is not mandatory to make use of a local agent or representative when renewing a patent in Estonia. If you choose not to, you can pay for the renewal by proceeding with a bank or online transfer to the The Estonian Patent Office (Rahandusministeerium) account. No cash payment will be accepted.

How long do patents last in Estonia?
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In order to maintain an Estonian patent, renewal fees need to be settled annually with the The Estonian Patent Office (Rahandusministeerium). By settling the renewal fees, the patent is guaranteed to last for a maximum of 20 years from the filing date. This rule is applicable to both national  patents as well as to an EP patent in Estonia.

How can I contact the Intellectual Property Office of Estonia?

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You can get in touch with The Estonian Patent Office (Rahandusministeerium) via email or phone:

Email: helpdesk@epa.ee

Phone: +372 627 7911

For more information on the renewal process in Estonia, visit the link to their official website. You can search for Estonian patents here.

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