The IPO launched a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to patent fees on 13th April 2017.
The consultation document is available at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposed-changes-to-statutory-patents-fees
It sets out four proposed changes to pre-grant patent application fees. An alternative proposal is also included, involving smaller increases to pre-grant fees in conjunction with small increases to renewal fees.
The proposed fee changes are intended to help ensure a smoother functioning of the UK patent system. Specifically the IPO believes the proposed changes will:
- better align the fees they charge with processing costs, to reflect more closely the work they undertake to deal with particular types of applications and requests
- continue to provide the IPO with sustainable income
- ensure the patent system remains accessible, encourage the appropriate use of the IP system as a way of promoting and supporting innovation
- encourage the filing of clearer and better-defined applications whilst reducing the number of patent applications with no hope of success
Please email your comments to email@example.com by Tuesday 6th June 2017.
Alternatively you can post your response to:
Patents Legal Section,
Intellectual Property Office,
Newport NP10 8QQ
For more information on the proposal and the IPO, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/intellectual-property-office