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European Patent Convention (EPC) - Patentable inventions

According to the regulation in the European Patent Convention (EPC)

European patents shall be granted for any inventions which are susceptible of industrial application, which are new and which involve an inventive step.

 

The following in particular shall not be regarded as inventions according to EPC regulations:

(a) discoveries, scientific theories and mathematical methods;

(b) aesthetic creations;

(c) schemes, rules and methods for performing mental acts, playing games or doing business, and programs for computers;

Fees which need to be paid when filing a Euro-PCT application

 

Date on which the payment is considered to have been made

 

Fees which need to be paid when filing a Euro-PCT application / Fee for patent grant

Fee for patent grant

 

The fee for patent grant amounts EUR 875,- + 14,- EUR for each page of the patent application exceeding 35 pages.

 

Fees which need to be paid when filing a Euro-PCT application / Renewal fees

 

Renewal fees:

 

Renewal fees for the Euro-PCT patent application become due in respect of the third year and each subsequent year, calculated from the date of filing of the application.

 

Fees which need to be paid when filing a Euro-PCT application / Extension fee

 

Extension fee:

 

The extension fee is payable where the applicant wishes to extend the European patent to EPC non-contracting states . Currently such states are Montenegro (ME) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA).

Fees which need to be paid when filing a Euro-PCT application / Examination fee

 

Examination fee:

 

In order substantial examination of the Euro-PCT patent application to be made, the examination fee must be paid (A supplementary European Search Report shall be drawn up in respect of any Euro-PCT application).. The request shall not be deemed to be filed until the examination fee has been paid. This fee amounts 1.555,- EUR.

Fees which need to be paid when filing a Euro-PCT application / Claims fee

 

Claims fee:

 

Any Euro-PCT patent application comprising more than fifteen claims, in respect of the sixteenth and each subsequent claim, incurs payment of claims fee. The claim fee amounts:

 

Fees which need to be paid when filing a Euro-PCT application / Search fee

 

Search fee:

 

A search fee must also be paid within 1 (one) month since filing of the Euro-PCT patent application. The search fee amounts 1.165,- EUR for a European or supplementary European search on an application.

 

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