Fees for international applications: new equivalent amounts

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1. The amounts of the fees and reductions listed under point 3 are fixed by WIPO and expressed in Swiss currency (Rule 96 PCT). However, where these fees must be paid to the EPO - in its function as receiving Office or IPEA - they must be paid in euros.

2. Equivalent amounts in euros of the fees as fixed by WIPO are established by its Director General in accordance with the Directive of the PCT Assembly relating to the establishment of equivalent amounts of certain fees.[ 1 ]

3. The Director General of WIPO has revised the equivalent amounts with effect from 1 January 2023.[ 2 ] Therefore, the table of fees for international applications published in OJ EPO 2022, A65 is changed as follows:

International filing fee: from EUR 1 305 to EUR 1 378

Fee per sheet in excess of 30: from EUR 15 to EUR 16

Reductions (under the Schedule of Fees, item 4):

  • electronic filing (request not in character-coded format): from EUR 98 to EUR 104
  • electronic filing (request in character-coded format): from EUR 196 to EUR 207
  • electronic filing (in character-coded format): from EUR 294 to EUR 311

Handling fee: from EUR 196 to EUR 207

4. The amount of the international filing fee payable is the amount applicable on the date of receipt of the international application (Rule 15.3 PCT).

5. The amount of the handling fee payable is the amount applicable on the date of payment (Rule 57.3(d) PCT).

6. Please note that recent changes in the equivalent amounts in euros are due to developments in exchange rates between the euro and the Swiss franc.

 

[ 1 ] www.wipo.int/pct/en/fees/equivalent_amounts.html

[ 2 ] Official Notices (PCT Gazette) of 24 November 2022.

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