Legal basis for levying renewal fees
Art. 61, 103 PA
Enquiries re renewal fees and validity:
Tel. +31 88 602 66 60
Amount of fees
(plus any charges levied by banks)
The fee number corresponds to the patent year as counted from the date of filing. (For details, please refer to OJ EPO 2008, 412.)
Art. 6(7) PR
(a) Due date (in the patent year concerned)
(b) Time limit for payment (without surcharge)*
(c) Earliest possible date for payment
(a) Renewal fees must be paid for each coming patent year and are due on the last day of the month in which the anniversary of the date of filing falls.
(c) No specific legal provision (any time after grant of the patent).
Art. 61(1), (2) PA
Period of grace for payment of fees (with surcharge)
(a) 6 months from due date
Art. 62 PA
Communication of a reminder in cases of non-payment
(a) provided for?
(b) date of despatch
(b) 1 month before the due date
Restitutio in integrum
(a) provided for?
(b) time limit for submitting application
(b) within two months of discovery of the failure to observe, but no later than one year after expiry of non-observed time limit
In the case of failure to observe Art. 9(6), (7) or (8) PA (provisions relating to priority), the request for restitutio must be submitted no later than two months after expiry of the non-observed time limit.
Art. 23 PA
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
However only patent agents or attorneys at law registered in the Netherlands may represent the patentee or applicant before the NPO.
Art. 23b(1) PA
Information regarding lapse of patent in cases of non-payment of renewal fees
Entry in the patent register
Publication in "De Industriële Eigendom"
Art. 20, 62 PA
* For first renewal fee to be paid, see Art. 141(2) EPC.