2014 EPO Fee Increase

Law

The EPO’s increase in fees will take effect from 1st April 2014.  Most fees will increase by 4-5%, with the European Search fee increasing by 10% from €1165 to €1285. 

The most notable rise is for the appeal fee which increases by 50% from €1240 to €1860, presumably to deter potential appellants to some extent given the backlog and cost to the EPO of appeals.  In certain cases, a part refund of the appeal fee is available.  A full list of the fees is available here.

The EPO have also set the additional filing fees for second and later divisional applications, for which the law reverts back to the ‘old’ system also on 1st April 2014.  See here.

At present, Agile does not intend increasing its service charges in line with these fee increases.