Patents Fees Rules 2007

The Patents (Fees) Rules 2007

SI 2007 No. 3292

Made: 19th November 2007
Laid before Parliament: 22nd November 2007
Coming into force: 17th December 2007

As amended by:

  • The Trade Marks and Trade Marks and Patents (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2009, SI 2009 No. 2089 (as from 4 October 2009); and
  • The Patents and Patents and Trade Marks (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2010, SI 2010 No. 33 (as from 6 April 2010).

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1. —(1) These Rules may be cited as the Patents (Fees) Rules 2007 and they shall come into force on 17th December 2007.

(2) In these Rules—

Use of a form

2. —(1) Except where any of rules 3 to 7 apply, the fees to be paid in respect of any matters arising under the Act are those specified in Schedule 1.

(2) Where a form—

  • (a) is required to be used by the 2007 Rules; and
  • (b) is specified in Schedule 1 as the corresponding form in relation to any matter,

that form must be accompanied by the fee specified in respect of that matter.

(3) But where any provision of the 2007 Rules permits payment to be made before or after the form has been filed, the fee may be paid accordingly.

Application fee and the fee to begin the national phase

3. —(1) The application fee is—

  • (a) in respect of an international application for a patent (UK), nil;
  • (b) in respect of any other application for a patent, including an application treated as an application under the Act following a direction under section 81 (conversion of European patent applications), £30 (except where an application is filed in electronic form or using electronic communications in accordance with directions given under [section 124A] and the application is accompanied by the fee, in which case the application fee is £20)<ref> Inserted as from 4 October 2009 by rule 21 of the Trade Marks and Trade Marks and Patents (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2009, [2009 No. 2089]</ref>.

(2) The prescribed fee to begin the national phase of an international application for a patent (UK) is £30.

Electronic filing fee reduction1

3A. Where Form 9A or 10 is filed in electronic form or using electronic communications in accordance with directions given under [[section 124A]], the fee specified in [[2007 Fees Schedule 1|Schedule 1]] in respect of a request for a search in accordance with rule 27 of the [[Patents Rules 2007|2007 Rules]] or a request for a substantive examination in accordance with rule 28 of the [[Patents Rules 2007|2007 Rules]] shall in each case be reduced by £202.

Renewal fees

4. —(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the fee to be paid to keep a patent in force after a renewal date which falls on the anniversary indicated in the first column of the table in Part 1 of Schedule 2 is the amount specified in relation to that anniversary in the second column.

(2) Where rule 37(3) of the [[Patents Rules 2007|2007 Rules]] applies, the fee to be paid to keep a patent in force after the first renewal date is the sum of the following amounts—

  • (a) the amount specified in relation to the relevant anniversary; and
  • (b) the amounts specified in relation to all previous anniversaries.

(3) Where rule 37(4) of the [[Patents Rules 2007|2007 Rules]] applies, the fee to be paid to keep a patent in force after the first renewal date is the amount specified in relation to the relevant anniversary.

(4) For the purposes of paragraphs (2) and (3), the relevant anniversary is the last anniversary to fall on or before the first renewal date.

Additional fees for late renewal

5. —(1) The additional fees prescribed for late payment under section 25(4) are specified in Part 2 of Schedule 2.

(2) Where payment is made before the end of the month indicated in the first column of that table, the fee to be paid is the amount specified in the second column.

Supplementary protection certificates

6. —(1) The prescribed fee payable for a supplementary protection certificate to take effect is set in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) Where the certificate expires during the period of one year beginning with—

  • (a) the start date, the fee is £600;
  • (b) the first anniversary of the start date, the fee is £1,300;
  • (c) the second anniversary of the start date, the fee is £2,100;
  • (d) the third anniversary of the start date, the fee is £3,000; or
  • (e) the fourth anniversary of the start date, the fee is £4,000.

(3) The period in paragraph (2) shall be calculated without reference to any extension of the duration of a supplementary protection certificate under Article 13(3) of the Medicinal Products Regulation [Council Regulation (EEC) No 1768/92 (OJ No L 182, 2.7.92, p1) as amended by Regulation (EC) 1901/2006 (OJ No L 378, 27.12.2006, p1)].

(4) The additional fee prescribed for the purposes of paragraph 5(b) of Schedule 4A to the Act (supplementary protection certificates) shall be half the prescribed fee.

(5) In this rule "start date" is the first day following the day on which the basic patent expires.

Other fees

7. —(1) The prescribed fee to publish a translation filed at the Patent Office under section 89A(3) or (5) (international and national phases of application) is £12.

(2) The prescribed fee for an application to the comptroller for an order under the Evidence (Proceedings in Other Jurisdictions) Act 1975 [1975 c. 34] as applied by section 92(1) (obtaining evidence for proceedings under the European Patent Convention) is nil.

(3) The fee to transmit an international application for a patent filed at the Patent Office to the International Bureau and the International Searching Authority is £753.

(3A)4 The fee to request restoration of the right of priority of an international application for a patent filed at the Patent Office in accordance with the Patent Co-operation Treaty(7) is £150.

(4) In paragraph (3) "International Searching Authority" has the same meaning as in the Patent Co-operation Treaty.

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