From 1 April 2024, the European Patent Office will increase most official fees by around 4%. The first two renewal fees, in respect of the third and fourth years, will also see significant rises of 30% in an effort to offset revenue lost as a result of the EPO reducing application pendency time.

Hand in hand with the increases will be a new fee reduction system which will be able to be leveraged by microenterprises, natural persons, non-profits, universities and public research organisations. Currently, fee discounts are only available to those types of entities (as well as small and medium-sized enterprises) if they are based in an EPO member state and use a language other than English, French or German for the specification and/or request for examination.

Those language-based fee reductions will remain in place and continue to reduce the filing and examination fees by 30%. The new fee reduction system will also offer a 30% discount and be more extensive, covering the major fees of filing, search, designation, examination, grant and renewal.

Daisy-chaining fee discounts will be possible with reductions on the same fee for the same application to be calculated sequentially. This means that eligible micro entities would obtain a discount of 51% on the filing and examination fees.

Applicants will be able to self-declare eligibility on the request for grant and European regional phase entry forms.

An application will be eligible for reduced fees for its lifetime as long as the applicant remains a micro entity and the applicant has filed fewer than five European applications in the five years preceding the filing date of the application or, if the application is a Euro-PCT, the European regional phase entry date.

The new fee reduction system continues to refer to a European Commission recommendation which defines that a microenterprise is an enterprise which employs fewer than ten people and whose annual turnover or balance sheet total does not exceed €2 million.

EPO fee schedule 2022 to 2024

Fee 2022



2023-2024 change
1. Filing fee where documents are filed online 130 135 135 0 0.0%
1a. Additional page fee for each page over 35 pages 16 17 17 0 0.0%
1b. Additional fee in the case of a divisional application
– fee for a divisional application of second generation 225 235 235 0 0.0%
– fee for a divisional application of third generation 455 480 480 0 0.0%
– fee for a divisional application of fourth generation 680 715 715 0 0.0%
– fee for a divisional application of fifth or any subsequent generation 910 955 955 0 0.0%
2. Search fee in respect of
– a European or supplementary European search on an application filed on or after 1 July 2005 1390 1460 1520 60 4.1%
– a European or supplementary European search on an application filed before 1 July 2005 950 1000 1040 40 4.0%
– an international search 1775 1775 1845 70 3.9%
– a supplementary international search 1775 1775 1845 70 3.9%
3. Designation fee for one or more Contracting States 630 660 685 25 3.8%
4. Renewal fees for the European patent application
– for the 3rd year 505 530 690 160 30.2%
– for the 4th year 630 660 845 185 28.0%
– for the 5th year 880 925 1000 75 8.1%
– for the 6th year 1125 1180 1155 -25 -2.1%
– for the 7th year 1245 1305 1310 5 0.4%
– for the 8th year 1370 1440 1465 25 1.7%
– for the 9th year 1495 1570 1620 50 3.2%
– for the 10th and each subsequent year 1690 1775 1775 0 0.0%
5. Additional fee for belated payment of a renewal fee for the European patent application 50% of the belated renewal fee
6. Examination fee in respect of:
– an application filed before 1 July 2005 1955 2055 2135 80 3.9%
– an application filed on or after 1 July 2005 1750 1840 1915 75 4.1%
– an international application filed on or after 1 July 2005 for which no supplementary European search report is drawn up 1955 2055 2135 80 3.9%
7. Fee for grant, including fee for publication of the European patent specification 990 1040 1080 40 3.8%
10. Opposition fee 840 880 880 0 0.0%
10a. Limitation or revocation fee
– request for limitation 1245 1305 1355 50 3.8%
– request for revocation 560 590 615 25 4.2%
11. Fee for appeal
– by a natural person or an entity specified by the EPO 2015 2015 2015 0 0.0%
– by any other entity 2785 2925 2925 0 0.0%
11a. Fee for petition for review 3115 3270 3400 130 4.0%
12. Fee for further processing
– in the event of late payment of a fee 50% of the relevant fee
– in the event of late performance of the acts required 275 290 300 10 3.4%
– other cases 275 290 300 10 3.4%
13. Fee for re-establishment of rights/fee for requesting restoration/fee for reinstatement of rights 685 720 750 30 4.2%
14. Conversion fee 80 85 0 -85 -100.0%
14a. Fee for late furnishing of a sequence listing 245 225 265 40 17.8%
15. Claims fee
– for the 16th and each subsequent claim up to the limit of 50 250 265 275 10 3.8%
– for the 51st and each subsequent claim 630 660 685 25 3.8%
16. Fee for the awarding of costs 80 85 90 5 5.9%
18. Transmittal fee for an international application 140 145 150 5 3.4%
19. Fee for the preliminary examination of an international application 1830 1840 1915 75 4.1%
20. Fee for a technical opinion 4175 4385 4560 175 4.0%
21. Protest fee 935 980 1020 40 4.1%
22. Review fee 935 980 1020 40 4.1%


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  1. It should be remarked that the EPO silently introduced a new ground for rejection:

    19. Where a declaration concerning the applicant’s status is incorrect, i.e. where the applicant has incorrectly declared itself to be an entity within the meaning of the language- and/or micro-entity-related support scheme (Rule 7a(2) and/or (3) EPC), an unduly reduced fee will be deemed not to have been validly paid and the application will be deemed withdrawn under Articles 78(2), 86(1) and 94(2) EPC and Rules 39(2) and 71(7) EPC.

    The EPO has become even harsher than the USPTO!

    1. I would respectfully contradict Patent Robot (who appears to be a US practitioner because of the use of the expression “ground for rejection”): the EPO is in my opinion by far too lenient regarding unduly used fee reductions.

      The Notice quoted by Patent Robot (OJ 2024, A8) continues:
      20. The loss of rights resulting from an incorrect declaration as to the applicant’s status may, where appropriate, be remedied by applying for one of the available legal remedies (under Article 121 and Rule 135 EPC or Article 122 and Rule 136 EPC) subject to making good the underpayment and paying the applicable fee. […]

      Article 121 and Rule 135 EPC are about further processing of the European patent application, and if properly requested, provide that the legal consequences are deemed not to have ensued. The penalty is the fee for further processing, nothing more. And by the way, further processing can be requested within two months of a communication concerning the loss of rights (applicants even gets a communication telling them what to do).

      Harsher than the USPTO? Really?

  2. This is a masterpiece of overregulation. Supporting micro entities (ME) is all good, but then restricting it to 5 filings within 5 years, and if there are joint applicants all of them need to be ME, and if there is a transfer of rights, and/or a PCT entry, or the filing of a divisional application, then the ME runs the risk of running into drastic measures if the ME errs in its status or number of active cases? There are plenty of applicants that do not have this kind of detailed overview over their cases.

    If it is directed to those not having much experience in EP proceedings, this catalog of requirements and restrictions does not seem to be really helpful for the target audience. And if the ME “grows” only in terms of patent filings (due to unity of invention objections), the whole monitoring is left to the ME. So being innovative, but staying non-profit (or ME) kicks you out of the reduced-fees system (as if you were no longer non-profit or ME)? How is that to promote non-profit organizations or ME? For the private inventor/applicant the whole proceedings stay very expensive anyways …

    It would have been far better to tie fee reductions to the status of the entity and period.

  3. The actual scandal is that the first two renewal fees, in respect of the third and fourth years, which will see significant rises of 30% in an effort to offset revenue lost as a result of the EPO reducing application pendency time.

    The EPO is actually penalising users of the system because it has put timeliness first. Quite amazing, not to say daring!

    I refer here to the publication of T. Bausch on this blog under:

    If at the same time the quality of the patents granted is declining, there is no reason to increase renewal fees.

    The fee reduction for ME is just a fig leaf behind which the EPO has pushed a drastic increase of renewal fees.

    As usual, the tail has been wagging the dog, and the AC rubber-stamped the desiderata of the upper management of the EPO.

  4. Well, your proposal lends itself to a lot of corporate and convenience games, you found a micro company and make a lot of filings using it as a strowman, you have to put limits on the number of filings available for the discount, that’s the only way, then the number of five will be adjusted, I suppose. That the system is too expensive is a problem, and anyway the way of the national offices is always the most recommended for private inventors and non-profit organisations, there they will be advised and get a first examination cheaply.

  5. If I file an application in 2024 on the basis that the applicant is a micro enterprise based on its turnover for 2022 (the last time a balance sheet was submitted to the tax authorities) but it turns out that in 2024 the turnover has increased above the limit, is my application affected? What about the 2023 turnover if the accountants subsequently say a payment received late in 2023 took the applicant over the limit? A pre-programmed nightmare.

    1. Taking the cup half-full view : New (as in creative and original) J decisions will surely need to fill this new legal void (and maybe we’ll even be gifted a dynamic G interpretation!)

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