How to Renew a Patent in Sweden?
Renew a Swedish patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO):
If your patent is a European patent, which was granted by the European Patent Office and then validated in Sweden, you can maintain the patent by paying an annual maintenance fee 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 Sweden, the renewal fee is paid to the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV). The rules which apply to a national Swedish patent, will also apply to an EP patent in Sweden. 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 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 Swedish Patent Office.
Renew a national patent with the Swedish Patent Office:
In order to maintain a patent application in Sweden, a renewal fee must be paid to the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) on an annual basis. This applies even if your application is still being processed and patents have not yet been granted. The first and second annual payments are free of charge. The renewal fee of a patent application for the first time is due at the beginning of the third payment year from the filing date. After which, the fees must be paid annually. The renewal fees in Sweden are always due on the last day of the month, in 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 Sweden, there is another type of intellectual property called designs. At PatentRenewal.com, we have all the necessary tools and procedures to ensure that both patents and designs can be renewed through us.
Intellectual Property type #1 - Designs
A Swedish design is valid for 25 years, from the filing date of the design. You can choose to renew the registration for five-year periods, or to apply for the entire 25-year period at once. If a Swedish design is protected for 5 years, it can be renewed every five years up to a maximum of four renewals. In order to maintain the protection beyond the initial 5 year period, you will have to pay renewal fees at the end of 5th year in order to extend the protection term for a further 5 years. Renewal fees are required with each registered design, even if these are designs of multiple applications. If the renewal fee is not paid by the due date, You can make a ‘late renewal’ up to 6 months after the renewal date by paying a higher fee.