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Contracting state

Legal basis for levying renewal fees

 

Art. L. 612-19 PL
Art. R. 613-46, R. 613-47, R. 613‑63 and R. 614-16 Reg.

Enquiries re renewal fees:

Direction de la propriété industrielle – Département des données, Pôle examen et gestion des redevances

1

Amount of fees

(plus any charges levied by banks)

 

Year

EUR

Year

EUR

2nd

38

12th

300

3rd

38

13th

350

4th

38

14th

400

5th

38

15th

460

6th

76

16th

520

7th

96

17th

580

8th

136

18th

650

9th

180

19th

730

10th

220

20th

800

11th

260

   

subject to possible adjustment under Art. R. 613-63 Reg


Fees Ord. of 24.4.08 (as amended 6.3.20)

2

(a) Due date (in the patent year concerned)

(b) Time limit for payment (without surcharge)*

(c) Earliest possible date for payment

 

(a) Last day of the month in which the date of filing occurred (deferred to next working day if a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday)

(b) If the payment made up to the date specified under (a) is insuffi­cient, no surcharge is payable if the deficit is made good within the period for payment of the surcharge

(c) Payment may not be made more than 12 months before due date.


Art. L. 612-19 PL
R. 613-46, R. 613-47 Reg.

3

Period of grace for payment of fees (with surcharge)

(a) duration

(b) surcharge

 

(a) 6 months from day after due date

(b) 50% of the due renewal fee


Art. L. 612-19 PL
Art. R. 613-46, R. 613-47 and R. 618-3 Reg.
Fees Ord. of 24.4.08 (as amended 6.3.20)

4

Communication of a reminder in cases of non-payment

(a) provided for?

(b) date of despatch

 

(a) Yes (reminders are sent abroad)

(b) 2 months after the due date not observed.


Art. R. 613-48 Reg.

5

Restitutio in integrum

(a) provided for?

(b) time limit for submitting application

 

(a) Yes

(b) Within one year of expiry of the six-month grace period and within two months of removal of the cause of non-compliance (the unpaid renewal fee must also be paid within this two-month period).

Fee for appeal: EUR 156


Art. L. 612-16 PL
Art. R. 613-52 Reg.

6

Appointment of a national professional representative for

(a) payment of fees

(b) communication of a reminder of non-payment

(c) proceedings in respect of restitutio in integrum

 

(a) No

(b) No,but natural persons or legal persons not having their residence or place in business in an EU member state or in an EEA state must appoint a professional representative, who must meet the requirements under Art. R. 612-2.

To facilitate communication with INPI, it is highly advisable to sign up for its "e‑procedures" portal at https://procedures.inpi.fr/ and to upload patent to the account.

(c) No, but natural persons or legal persons not having their residence or place in business in an EU member state or in an EEA state must appoint a professional representative, who must meet the requirements under Art. R. 612-2.

7

Information regarding lapse of patent in cases of non-payment of renewal fees

 

Determined by decision of the Director of INPI (communication to proprietor of patent)

Publication of decision in the official bulletin (BOPI)

Entry in the patent register


Art. L. 613-22 PL
Art. R. 613-50 Reg.

* For first renewal fee to be paid, see Art. 141(2) EPC.

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