While a patent is in the pending application stage, no renewal fees are due. Once a patent is granted in Russia, you are obliged to pay a recurring renewal fee to the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (FIPS) to maintain the patent. The first renewal fee will be due annually starting from the second anniversary of the patent’s filing date upon the grant of the patent.
For example: if the filing date of a patent is 2014-03-17, and the grant date of the patent is 2015-10-26, you will only have to settle the first renewal fee on the second anniversary (year 3) of the patent’s filing date on 2016-03-17. The next annuity (year 4) will be due renewal on 2017-03-17 (from the anniversary of the filing date).
In the event that the patent is granted more than three years after the date of filing, you will have to settle the renewal fees within two months from the grant of the patent. The renewal due date for all subsequent renewals will fall on the anniversary of the filing date.
For example: if the filing date of a patent is 2014-03-17 and the grant date of the patent is 2017-10-26, you will have to settle the first renewal fee starting from the second anniversary (year 3) by 2017-12-26. The next annuity for year 4 will be due renewal on 2018-03-17 (from the anniversary of the filing date).
In Russia, there are other types of intellectual property apart from patents. At PatentRenewal.com, we have all of the necessary tools and procedures to ensure that both types can be renewed through us.
Intellectual Property Type #1 - Russian Utility Models
A utility model right in Russia is valid for 10 years from the filing date and cannot be extended further. A utility model right can be maintained by paying renewal fees. The renewal fees for a utility model right is due annually starting from the first year of the filing date.
Intellectual Property Type #2 - Russian Designs
The duration of a design right is valid for a total term of 25 years from the date of filing. The first renewal fee is due starting from the third year of the design's filing date upon its grant after which the design is protected for five years. In order to maintain its protection beyond the initial 5-year period, you will have to pay the renewal fees four more times in the 5th, 10th, 15th and 20th years. If the maintenance fee is not received before the 5-year expiry date, an additional 6-month period is given to settle payment. Any late payment incurred during the 5-year and 6-month period, you will incur a penalty fee of 50% in addition to the regular renewal fee.
The patent renewal fee is paid every year. For further clarification, please refer to the cost breakdown below;
The first renewal fee is paid on the second anniversary of the filing date upon the grant of the patent.
For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2012-12-06, and the patent is granted on 2014-07-05, you will only have to settle the renewal fee from 2014-12-06 onwards.
The renewal fees can be paid anytime before the payment due date.
Yes, it is possible to renew a Russian patent after its deadline. There is a 6-month grace period given, whereby the renewal fees can still be settled. When entering this grace period, you will incur a penalty fee of 50% in addition to the regular annual renewal fee for the corresponding year. Failure to pay this fee during the grace period will result in the patent being abandoned.
It is mandatory to use a local agent or representative when renewing a Russian patent. All foreign legal entities and citizens are required by law to appoint a registered patent agent with the Russian Patent Office.
In order to maintain a patent in Russia, renewal fees need to be settled annually with the FIPS. By settling the renewal fees, the patent is guaranteed to last for a maximum of 20 years from the filing date. If you want to maintain the patent, the renewal fees are mandatory, if not paid the patent will lapse.
You can get in touch with the Federal Service for Intellectual Property via email or phone:
Phone: +7 (499) 240-6015