The EPO will put in force fee amendments from April 1, 2016. Certain fees were increased, others remain the same. Saying so, for example, the filing fee, the additional fee from page 36, the claims fee for the sixteenth and each subsequent claim up to a maximum of fifty claims as well as the fee for a divisional application of the second generation remain unchanged. However, among others, the fees for a divisional application of the third or any subsequent generation, the search fee for a European application, the designation fee, the renewal fee, the examination fee and the grant fee will be raised as well as the fees for opposition and appeal. The fee raise varies mostly between EUR 5 and EUR 20. The following table will give an overview over the new and old fees with changes emphasized in bold.

Additionally, the fee for a supplementary European search on an international application for which an international search report or a supplementary international search report was drawn up by the Austrian, Finnish, Swedish, Spanish patent and trademark office or the Nordic Patent Institute, will be reduced on April 1, 2016 by EUR 1,110 instead of EUR 1,100 up to now.

Overview over the new and the old fees

Type of Fee Fee from April 01, 2016 [EUR] Fee until March 31, 2016 [EUR]
Online-filing fee 120,- 120,-
Regular filing fee 210,- 210,-
Additional fee from page 36 15,- 15,-
Divisional application of second generation 210,- 210,-
Divisional application of third generation 425,- 420,-
Divisional application of fourth generation 635,- 630,-
Divisional application of fith or any subsequent generation 850,- 840,-
Search fee for an application filed on or after July 1, 2005 1.300,- 1.285,-
Search fee for an application filed before July 1, 2005 885,- 875,-
Search fee for an international search 1.875,- 1.875,-
Search fee for a supplementary international search 1.875,- 1.875,-
Designation fee 585,- 580,-
Renewal fee for the 3rd year 470,- 465,-
Renewal fee for the 4th year 585,- 580,-
Renewal fee for the 5th year 820,- 810,-
Renewal fee for the 6th year 1.050,- 1.040,-
Renewal fee for the 7th year 1.165,- 1.155,-
Renewal fee for the 8th year 1.280,- 1.265,-
Renewal fee for the 9th year 1.395,- 1.380,-
Renewal fee for the 10th and each subsequent year 1.575,- 1.560,-
Additional fee for belated payment of a renewal fee 50 % of the belated renewal fee 50 % of the belated renewal fee
Examination fee for an application filed before July 1, 2005 1.825,- 1.805,-
Examination fee for an application filed on or after July 1, 2005 1.635,- 1.620,-
Examination fee for an international application filed on or after July 1, 2005 for which no supplementary European search report is drawn up 1.825,- 1.805,-
Fee for grant 925,- 915,-
Fee for publishing a new specification of the European patent 75,- 75,-
Surcharge for late performance of the acts required to maintain the European patent in amended form 120,- 120,-
Opposition fee 785,- 775,-
Limitation fee 1.165,- 1.155,-
Revocation fee 525,- 520,-
Fee for appeal 1.880,- 1.860,-
Fee for petition for review 2.910,- 2.880,-
Fee for further processing in the event of late payment of a fee 50 % of the respective fee 50 % of the respective fee
Fee for further processing in the event of late performance of the acts required under Rule 71, paragraph 3 255,- 250,-
Fee for further processing in other cases 255,- 250,-
Fee for re-establishment 640,- 635,-
Conversion fee 75,- 75,-
Fee for late furnishing of a sequene listing 230,- 230,-
Claims fee for the 16th and each subsequent claim up to the limit of 50 235,- 235,-
Claims fee for the 51st and each subsequent claim 585,- 580,-
Fee for the awarding of costs 75,- 75,-
Fee for the conservation of evidence 75,- 75,-
Transmittal fee for an international application 130,- 130,-
Fee for the preliminary examination of an international application 1.930,- 1.930,-
Fee for a technical opinion 3.900,- 3.860,-
Protest fee 875,- 865,-
Review fee 875,- 865,-

Decision of the Administrative Council of December 16, 2015 amending Art. 2 of the Rules relating to fees and adjusting the amount of the reduction in the fee for the supplementary European search where the international or supplementary international search report was drawn up by one of the European International Searching Authorities (cf. Official Journal 1/2016 A3)