INFORMATION FROM THE CONTRACTING / EXTENSION STATES
GB United Kingdom
The Patents (Fees) Rules 1998
The Patents (Fees) Rules 19981 have reduced or deleted some fees for patents.
Applicants and proprietors of European patents with effect in the United Kingdom are advised that from 1 October 1998 the following rates apply:
1. Renewal Fees:
Surcharge: GBP 24 per month (but not exceeding 6 months) (unchanged).
There is no surcharge if payment is made within one month of due date.
2. Conversion of European patent applications or patents into national patent applications or patents
Fee for filing upon conversion of European patent application to national application
Fee for preliminary examination and search
GBP 130 (unchanged)
3. Translation of European patents (UK) and applications for European patents (UK)
On filing of translation of European patent (UK) specification (Article 65 EPC)
On filing of translation of an amended European patent (UK)
On request for publication of translation of claims of application for European patent (UK) (Article 67(3) EPC)
On request for publication of corrected translation of European patent (UK) or application for European patent (UK)
4. Registering a transfer, licences and other rights:
Updating of the information brochure "National law relating to the EPC"
Users of the EPO information brochure "National law relating to the EPC" (10th edition) are asked to delete the amounts of fees shown in tables III.B, columns 2 and 9(a), IV, columns 3(a)(i) and 10(a), VII, column 2(b), and IX, column 4, and to make the appropriate amendments to those in table VI, column 1.
1 Statutory Instruments 1998 No. 1778.