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How to Renew a Patent in Monaco?

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

If your patent is a European patent that was granted by the European Patent Office and then validated in Monaco, you can maintain the patent by paying an annual maintenance fee to the Intellectual Property Division. The maintenance fees for EP patents in Monaco are always due on the last day of the month, on which the original filing date of the application falls. For more information on renewal fees related to the EPO, please visit another one of our articles at 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 Monaco Patent Office. In this example, the first annuity due date in Monaco will be 2023-06-30.

Renew a national patent with the Monaco Patent Office:

In order to maintain a patent application in Monaco, a renewal fee must be paid to the Intellectual Property Division on an annual basis. The first renewal fee of the patent is added to the filing fee, after which, the renewal fee will be due annually starting from the first anniversary of the patent’s filing date. Renewal fees in Monaco always fall on the anniversary date of the patent application.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15, you will only have to settle the renewal fee starting from 2018-06-15 onwards.

Renewal Fees by Intellectual Property Type

In Monaco, there is one other type of intellectual property apart from patents, which are designs. At PatentRenewal.com, we have all the necessary tools and procedures to ensure that they can be renewed through us.

Intellectual Property type #1 - Monegasque Designs

A Monegasque design is valid for 10 years from the filing date and can be extended to a total lifetime of 50 years. In order to maintain the protection beyond the initial 10-year period, extension fees must be paid on the tenth, twentieth, thirtieth, and fortieth anniversary of the filing date.

The renewal fees in Monaco will always fall on the anniversary of the filing date. If the requested extension fees are not settled by the due date, an additional 6-month grace period will be applied in order for the settlement to take place. If a design enters the 6 month grace period, an increase to the original renewal fees will be applied. An additional fee is required for each registered design.

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

Starting from the 1st anniversary of the filing date, patent renewal fees need to be paid annually to maintain a patent. For further clarification, please refer to the cost breakdown below.

Patent Year Official renewal fee for patent (EUR)
1 1
2 30
3 50
4 55
5 90
6 125
7 135
8 145
9 155
10 175
11 220
12 255
13 290
14 335
15 350
16 365
17 375
18 380
19 400
20 430
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

Monaco patent renewal fees FAQ

When is the first patent renewal fee due in Monaco?
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National patent: The first renewal fee will be due on the first anniversary of the patent application’s filing date.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15, you will only have to settle the renewal fee starting from 2018-06-15 onwards.

Monegasque patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO): The first renewal fee of a granted by the EPO and validated in Monaco, is due on the first anniversary of the patent's filing date and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis. The renewal fee is paid to the Intellectual Property Division of Monaco.

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 Monegasque Patent Office. In this example, the first annuity due date in Monaco will be 2023-06-30.

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

Monegasque patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO): Prior to the 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 Monaco, the renewal fee is thereafter paid to the Intellectual Property Division of Monaco.

What are the due dates and payment windows?
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The payment window opens 12 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 EP patents in Monaco.

For example, if a renewal due date of a patent falls on 2021-07-31, the payment window to pay the renewal fee will open from 2020-08-01.

Can I renew a patent after I miss a renewal deadline?
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National patent: Yes, it is possible to renew a Monegasque patent after its deadline. If you fail to pay the renewal fee in due time, a grace period of 6 months is given whereby the renewal fees can still be settled. However, when entering the grace period you will incur an increase of 20% to the original renewal fees. If you wish to maintain the patent, the (new) total renewal fee will have to be settled.

For example, if a patent has a renewal due date of 2021-05-31 and the due date is missed, the patent will enter the grace period from 2021-06-01. The new total will need to be settled within the 6-month grace period and will be due by 2021-11-30. Failure to pay this fee within the grace period will result in the patent being lapsed.

Monegasque patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO): The same rule which applies to a national Monegasque patent for missing a renewal deadline also applies to an EP patent in Monaco.

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 Monegasque patent. The Monaco Patent Office accepts a number of payment methods such as: direct cash payments, credit cards, deposit accounts, and wire transfers. This rule is applicable to both national patents as well as to EP patents in Monaco.

How long do patents last in Monaco?
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In order to maintain a Monegasque patent, renewal fees need to be settled annually with the Monaco Patent Office. 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 EP patents in Monaco.

How can I contact the Monaco Patent Office?

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You can get in touch with INPI via email or phone.

Email: contact@inpi.fr        

Phone: +377 98 98 98 01

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

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