Enhancement of Euro-PCT route: payment of the third year renewal fee

The Euro-PCT route has been enhanced by allowing applicants to pay the third year renewal fee on regular entry into the European phase.

Under amended Rule 51(1) EPC, the third year renewal fee can be paid up to six months before its due date. This means that applicants will be able to pay all fees related to the entry into the European phase at the expiry of the 31-month time limit.

Amended Rule 51(1) EPC was adopted by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation in December 2017 and enters into force on 1 April 2018 (CA/D 13/17, OJ EPO 2018, A2).

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