Legal basis for levying renewal fees
Amount of fees
(plus any charges levied by banks)
§ 29 Fees Reg.
(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 calendar month in which the fee year starts, i.e. the month in which the application was filed at the EPO.
However, if the month in which the date of original filing with the EPO occurred falls between the month in which the patent was granted by the EPO and the month in which the deadline for translation of documents expires, annual renewal fees are due at the same time as the translated documents at the earliest.
(c) Payment may not be made more than 6 months before due date.
§§ 41, 66e PL
Period of grace for payment of fees (with surcharge)
(a) 6 months from due date
(b) NOK 700
§ 41(3) PL
Communication of a reminder in cases of non-payment
(a) provided for?
(b) date of despatch
(a) Yes, but not mandatory; reminders are sent in both Norwegian and English in Norway and abroad.
(b) Approx. 2 months before expiry of the period of grace under section 3
Restitutio in integrum
(a) provided for?
(b) time limit for submitting application
(b) 2 months after removal of obstacle; no later than 12 months* after expiry of the period of grace under section 3
* Deadlines expiring before 1 July 2019: no later than 6 months after expiry of the period of grace under section 3
§ 72(2) PL
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
§ 67 PL
Information regarding lapse of patent in cases of non-payment of renewal fees
Publication in "Norsk patenttidende" (Norwegian Patents Gazette)
Entry in the patent register
§§ 57 PR (cf. § 55 PL) and 45 PR
* For first renewal fee to be paid, see Art. 141(2) EPC.