How to Renew a Patent in the United Kingdom of Great Britain?
Renew a British patent validated from the European Patent Office (EPO):
If your patent is a European patent, which 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 which apply to a national GB patent, will 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 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 year 2023 onwards, you will have to settle the renewal fee with 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 4th anniversary of it’s filing date, a fee is not due. When the patent does become granted however, the renewal fees which 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 year. Initially, the design is protected for five years. In order to maintain its 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 a further 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.