4 April 2018
The European Patent Office announces that fee reductions for patent applications entered into force on 1 April 2018. The measures will lower a number of costs in the patent application and examination process, and help reinforce a more business friendly-approach in support of innovation.
Acting on a proposal of the European Patent Office, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, had approved the fee reduction for patent applications in December 2017.
"The EPO's mission is to support innovation, competitiveness and growth through a commitment to high quality and efficiency," said EPO President Benoît Battistelli. "A carefully controlled fee policy is an essential element in this, and thanks to gains made through internal reforms, we have kept our costs stable and can now make our services more business-friendly and affordable for users".
The combined effect of all reduced fees is estimated to result in a total of EUR 25 million in savings for the user community in 2018 alone.