Intellectual property: temporarily reduced fees to revert to normal rates on 31 March 2021

Temporary Intellectual Property Office (IPO) fees will revert to normal rates on 31 March 2021, it has been warned.

The interim regime was introduced on 30 July 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the changes, fees relating to patents, supplementary protection certificates (SPCs), trade marks, and registered designs were reduced or removed altogether to not unduly burden or disadvantage rights holders affected by Covid-19.

This included the scrapping of fees for extensions, the surcharge for payment of a patent application fee after the date of filing, fees to apply for reinstatement and restoration, and the surcharge for late payment of a renewal fee for patents and designs.

For trade marks, the surcharge for late payment of a renewal fee was also reduced to £1.

However, any action taken on or after 01 April 2021 will incur the usual fee, which could be “as much as £120”.

Commenting on the temporary fees, the IPO said: “If it is possible to renew your IP right between 30 July 2020 and 31 March 2021 and this is after the renewal date, the late payment surcharge will be £0 for patents and designs, and £1 for trade marks.

“If you renew your IP right on or after 01 April 2021 and this is after the renewal date then you may need to pay a late payment surcharge. For patent and design renewals the late payment surcharge is calculated based on the renewal date and may be as much as £120. For trade mark renewals the late payment surcharge is £50.”

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