Small applicants now benefit from a 30% discount for European patents


From April 1, 2024, small applicants benefit from a 30% reduction on all main fees when registering new inventions at the European Patent Office (EPO).


The fee deductions concern natural persons, non-profit organizations, universities, public research organizations, and ‘micro-entities’, enterprises that employ fewer than 10 people and have a turnover under 2 million Euros.

These measures build on previous efforts to support small enterprises, such as a reduction when filing in languages other than English, French, or German, as well as a reduced appeal fee and compensation for the Unitary Patent-related translation costs.

Overall, The EPO will ​have to increase certain fees to offset inflation. However, due to the Office’s efficiency gains, the fee increase will ‘remain more than 7% below the real inflation rate’, informed the EPO.

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