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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 that 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 that apply to a national Swedish patent 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 at 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 that the fees must be paid annually. The renewal fees in Sweden 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 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.

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

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

Patent Year Official renewal fee for patent (SEK)
1
2
3 1 400
4 1 500
5 1 700
6 1 900
7 2 100
8 2 400
9 2 700
10 3 000
11 3 400
12 3 800
13 4 200
14 4 600
15 5 000
16 5 400
17 5 800
18 6 200
19 6 600
20 7 000
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

Sweden Patent Renewal Fees FAQ

When is the first patent renewal fee due in Sweden?
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National patent: The first renewal fee of a patent application is due at the beginning of the third payment 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.

Swedish 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 Sweden, the renewal fee is paid to the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV).

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 and Registration Office (PRV).

What happens to a Swedish patent before it has been granted?
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National patent: Prior to the grant, the Swedish patent application is in its filing stage. You will have to pay the renewal fee to the Swedish 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. 

Swedish 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 Sweden, the renewal fee is thereafter paid to the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV).

What are the due dates and payment windows?
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National patent: The payment window in Sweden opens three 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 Sweden. 

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 2019-03-30 onwards

Can I renew a patent after I miss a renewal deadline?
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National patent: Yes, it is possible to renew a Swedish 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 20% 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. 

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

Do I need assistance from the local council?
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National patent: It is not mandatory to make use of a local agent or representative when renewing a patent in Sweden. You can simply pay the fees by e-service for electronic payment, by bank transfer or via a deposit account. This rule is applicable to both national patents as well as to an EP patent in Sweden.

How long do patents last in Sweden?
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In order to maintain a Swedish patent, renewal fees need to be settled annually with the PRV. 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 Sweden.

How can I contact the Intellectual Property Office of Sweden?

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You can get in touch with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office via email or phone;

Email: kundsupport@prv.se

Phone: +46 8 782 28 00

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

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