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How to Renew a Patent in the United Kingdom of Great Britain?


Renew a British patent validated by the European Patent Office (EPO):

If your patent is a European patent that was granted by the European Patent Office and then validated in Great Britain, 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 Great Britain, the renewal fee is paid to the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom. The rules that apply to a national GB patent also apply to an EP patent in Great Britain. 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 the year 2023 onwards, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the UK Patent Office.

Renew a national patent with the UK Patent Office: 

If your patent is a national patent granted by the UK patent office, you can maintain the patent application by paying an annual renewal fee to the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the fourth anniversary of the filing date; this is only required if the patent has been granted. If the patent has not been granted by the fourth anniversary of its filing date, a fee is not due. When the patent does become granted, however, the renewal fees that would have been due (barring grant) will be added to the following renewal fee thereafter. The renewal fees in Great Britain are always due on the last day of the month, which is when 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 starting from 2021-06-30 onwards.

Renewal Fees by Intellectual Property Type

In Great Britain, there is one other type of intellectual property apart from patents, known as Industrial Designs. At PatentRenewal.com, we have all the necessary tools and procedures to ensure that design cases can be renewed through us. 

Intellectual Property Type #1 - Industrial Designs

A GB design right is valid for 25 years from the filing date. The renewal fees must be paid after the fifth, tenth, fifteenth, and twentieth years. Initially, the design is protected for five years. In order to maintain protection beyond the initial 5-year period, you have to pay the renewal fees at the beginning of the sixth year. This will extend the term of protection an additional five years. The renewal fees are due on the last day of the month, which is when the term of protection ends. If the maintenance fee is not paid by the due date, you will enter an additional 6-month grace period to renew the right. Keep in mind that the grace period comes with increased renewal fees, meaning an additional 24 GBP will be added to the renewal fee with each passing month.

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

The patent renewal fees are due starting from the 4th anniversary of the patent filing date. 

The example below shows the first payment beginning from the 5th year of the patent. 

Patent Year Official renewal fee for patent (GBP)
1
2
3
4
5 70
6 90
7 110
8 130
9 150
10 170
11 190
12 220
13 260
14 300
15 360
16 420
17 470
18 520
19 570
20 610
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

United Kingdom Patent Renewal Fees FAQ

When is the first patent renewal fee due in the UK?
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National patent: The first renewal fee of a national patent application is due around the fourth anniversary of the filing date, barring your patent has been granted. The first renewal fee will be due 3 months after your patent was granted, and you will need to pay the fee by the last day of that month.

British patent validated by 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 Great Britain, the renewal fee is paid to the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom.

What happens to a UK patent before it has been granted?
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National patent: Prior to the grant, the UK patent application is in it’s filing stage. The patent will typically be granted from the fourth anniversary of the filing date. You can only begin paying the renewal fees once the patent has been granted. If the patent is not granted by the fourth anniversary of the filing date, the fee is not payable. When the patent is granted, the renewal fees which would have been due (barring grant) will be added to the subsequent renewal fee’s due. 

British patent validated by 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 Great Britain, the renewal fee is thereafter paid to the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom.

What are the due dates and payment windows?
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National patent: The payment window opens three months before the renewal fees are due. When and if you wish to renew your patent online, you can ask the IPO to email you a reminder 3 months before the next due date. It is important to note that renewal fees cannot be settled prior to the opening of this window.

British patent validated by the European Patent Office (EPO): The same rule which applies to a national GB patent for missing a renewal deadline also applies to an EP patent in Great Britain.

Can I renew a patent after I miss a renewal deadline?
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National patent: Yes, it is possible to renew a GB patent after its deadline. If payment for the renewal is late, your patent will then enter a 6 month grace period whereby the renewal fees can still be settled. However, when entering the grace period you will incur a late fee of 24 GBP on top of the renewal fee for each passing month. 

British patent validated by the European Patent Office (EPO): The same rule which applies to a national GB patent for missing a renewal deadline also applies to an EP patent in Great Britain.

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 GB patent. If you choose not to, you can simply pay the fees by post or online (both deposit and credit card payments are permitted). This is applicable to both national GB patents as well as to an EP patent in Great Britain. 

How long do patents last in the UK?
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Once a patent has been granted, the patentee will have to maintain the patent by paying for its renewal fees annually. By settling the maintenance fees, the patent is guaranteed to last for 20 years from filing. Simply put, a patent will last for 20 years from its date of filing. This is applicable to both GB national patents as well as to an EP patent in Great Britain.

How can I contact the Intellectual Property Office of the UK?

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You can get in touch with the Intellectual Property Office of the UK via email or phone:

Email: information@ipo.gov.uk, renewals@ipo.gov.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1633 814 000

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