1 Citation, commencement and interpretation

(1)    These Rules may be cited as the Patents (Fees) Rules 2007 and they shall come into force on 17th December 2007.

(2)    In these Rules—

(a)    “the Act” means the Patents Act 1977 and references to a section are references to a section of the Act; and

(b)    “the 2007 Rules” means the Patents Rules 2007.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 17 December 2007: see para (1) above.

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2 Use of a form

2Use of a form

(1)    Except where any of rules 3 to 7 apply, the fees to be paid in respect of any matters arising under the Act are those specified in Schedule 1.

(2)    Where a form—

(a)    is required to be used by the 2007 Rules; and

(b)    is specified in Schedule 1 as the corresponding form in relation to any matter,

that form must be accompanied by the fee specified in respect of that matter.

(3)    But where any provision of the 2007 Rules permits payment to be made before or after the form has been filed, the fee may be paid accordingly.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 17 December 2007: see r 1(1).

3 Application fee and the fee to begin the national phase

3Application fee and the fee to begin the national phase

(1)    The application fee is—

(a)    in respect of an international application for a patent (UK), nil;

(b)    in respect of any other application for a patent, including an application treated as an application under the Act following a direction under section 81 (conversion of European patent applications), £30.

(2)    The prescribed fee to begin the national phase of an international application for a patent (UK) is £30.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 17 December 2007: see r 1(1).

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4 Renewal fees

4Renewal fees

(1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), the fee to be paid to keep a patent in force after a renewal date which falls on the anniversary indicated in the first column of the table in Part 1 of Schedule 2 is the amount specified in relation to that anniversary in the second column.

(2)    Where rule 37(3) of the 2007 Rules applies, the fee to be paid to keep a patent in force after the first renewal date is the sum of the following amounts—

(a)    the amount specified in relation to the relevant anniversary; and

(b)    the amounts specified in relation to all previous anniversaries.

(3)    Where rule 37(4) of the 2007 Rules applies, the fee to be paid to keep a patent in force after the first renewal date is the amount specified in relation to the relevant anniversary.

(4)    For the purposes of paragraphs (2) and (3), the relevant anniversary is the last anniversary to fall on or before the first renewal date.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 17 December 2007: see r 1(1).

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5 Additional fees for late renewal

5Additional fees for late renewal

(1)    The additional fees prescribed for late payment under section 25(4) are specified in Part 2 of Schedule 2.

(2)    Where payment is made before the end of the month indicated in the first column of that table, the fee to be paid is the amount specified in the second column.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 17 December 2007: see r 1(1).

6 Supplementary protection certificates

6Supplementary protection certificates

(1)    The prescribed fee payable for a supplementary protection certificate to take effect is set in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2)    Where the certificate expires during the period of one year beginning with—

(a)    the start date, the fee is £600;

(b)    the first anniversary of the start date, the fee is £1,300;

(c)    the second anniversary of the start date, the fee is £2,100;

(d)    the third anniversary of the start date, the fee is £3,000; or

(e)    the fourth anniversary of the start date, the fee is £4,000.

(3)    The period in paragraph (2) shall be calculated without reference to any extension of the duration of a supplementary protection certificate under Article 13(3) of the Medicinal Products Regulation.

(4)    The additional fee prescribed for the purposes of paragraph 5(b) of Schedule 4A to the Act (supplementary protection certificates) shall be half the prescribed fee.

(5)    In this rule “start date” is the first day following the day on which the basic patent expires.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 17 December 2007: see r 1(1).

7 Other fees

7Other fees

(1)    The prescribed fee to publish a translation filed at the Patent Office under section 89A(3) or (5) (international and national phases of application) is £12.

(2)    The prescribed fee for an application to the comptroller for an order under the Evidence (Proceedings in Other Jurisdictions) Act 1975 as applied by section 92(1) (obtaining evidence for proceedings under the European Patent Convention) is nil.

(3)    The fee to transmit an international application for a patent filed at the Patent Office to the International Bureau and the International Searching Authority is £55.

(4)    In paragraph (3) “International Searching Authority” has the same meaning as in the Patent Co-operation Treaty.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 17 December 2007: see r 1(1).

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Signature

Triesman

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Intellectual Property and Quality

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

19th November 2007

SCHEDULE 1 Use of Forms

SCHEDULE 1Use of Forms Rule 2
Patents Form NumberItemAmount (£)
1On request for the grant of a patent in accordance with rule 12(1) of the 2007 Rules
2On starting proceedings in relation to applications, references or requests in accordance with rule 76(1) of, and the provisions mentioned in Part 1 of Schedule 3 to, the 2007 Rules (except those started on Form SP3)50
On applying for the review of an opinion in accordance with rule 98(3) of the 2007 Rules50
3On making a declaration for the purposes of section 5(2), in relation to an earlier relevant application filed during the period allowed by section 5(2A)(a), in accordance with rule 6 of the 2007 Rules40
On request for permission to make a late declaration of priority under section 5(2B) in accordance with rule 7 of the 2007 Rules150
7On making a statement identifying the inventor and indicating the derivation of the right to the grant of a patent under section 13(2) in accordance with rule 10(4) of the 2007 Rules
8On request for a certificate authorising the release of a sample of biological material in accordance with rule 13(1) of, and paragraph 4 or 7 of Schedule 1 to, the 2007 Rules
8AOn request that a sample of the biological material should only be made available to an expert in accordance with rule 13(1) of, and paragraph 6 of Schedule 1 to, the 2007 Rules
9On request for a further search under section 17(6) or payment for a supplementary search under section 17(8) (in relation to applications initiated before 1st January 2005) in accordance with paragraph 5 of Schedule 5 to the 2007 Rules100
9AOn request for a search under section 17(1) in accordance with rule 27 of the 2007 Rules—
(a)    in respect of an international application for a patent (UK), which has already been the subject of a search by the International Searching Authority;80
(b)    in respect of any other application.100
On request for a further search under section 17(6) or payment for a supplementary search under section 17(8) in accordance with rule 27 of the 2007 Rules100
10On request for a substantive examination of an application in accordance with rule 28 of the 2007 Rules70
12(See Schedule 2)
14On request under section 20A for reinstatement of an application in accordance with rule 32 of the 2007 Rules150
15On giving notice of opposition in accordance with rule 76 of, and the provisions mentioned in Part 2 of Schedule 3 to, the 2007 Rules50
16On application under section 28 for restoration of a patent in accordance with rule 40 of the 2007 Rules135
17On request for an opinion under section 74A in accordance with rule 93 of the 2007 Rules200
20On request to correct a name in accordance with rule 49 of the 2007 Rules
21On application to register (or to give notice of) any transaction, instrument or event mentioned in section 32(2)(b) or 33(3) in accordance with rule 47 of the 2007 Rules
23On application for a certified copy of an entry in the register, or a certified extract from the register, or of a relevant document in accordance with rule 46(1) or 48(5) of the 2007 Rules20
On application for an uncertified copy of an entry in the register, or an uncertified extract from the register, or of a relevant document in accordance with rule 46(2) or 48(5) of the 2007 Rules5
On request for a certified copy of an international application filed at the Patent Office as the competent receiving Office in accordance with rule 65(4) of the 2007 Rules20
On application for a certificate in accordance with rule 46(3) of the 2007 Rules20
28On application under section 46(1) for an entry to be made on the register that a licence is available as of right in accordance with rule 43(1) of the 2007 Rules
30On application under section 47(1) for the cancellation of an entry made under section 46 in accordance with rule 43(3) of the 2007 Rules
49On request to be notified of a relevant event in accordance with rule 54 of the 2007 Rules25
51On appointment of an agent in accordance with rule 101 of the 2007 Rules
52On request for extension of a period of time in accordance with rule 108(2) and (3) of the 2007 Rules135
54On filing a translation of the specification of a European patent (UK) in accordance with rule 56 of the 2007 Rules
On filing a translation of the claims of the specification of an application for a European patent (UK) in accordance with rule 56 of the 2007 Rules
On filing a corrected translation under section 80(3) in accordance with rule 57 of the 2007 Rules
SP1On application for a supplementary protection certificate under Article 8 of the Medicinal Products or Plant Protection Products Regulationsin accordance with rule 116 of the 2007 Rules250
SP2(see rule 6)
SP3On application to review lapse or for a declaration of invalidity under Articles 14 or 15 of the Medicinal Products or Plant Protection Products Regulations or for revocation of an extension of the duration of a supplementary protection certificate under Article 15a of the Medicinal Products Regulation in accordance with rule 76 of the 2007 Rules50
SP4On application for an extension of the duration of a supplementary protection certificate under Article 8 of the Medicinal Products Regulation in accordance with rule 116 of the 2007 Rules200
NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 17 December 2007: see r 1(1).

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Rules)

These Rules prescribe fees in relation to matters arising under the Patents Act 1977 and the Patents Rules 2007 (SI 2007/[ ]. These Rules take into account the Patents Rules 2007 and the revocation by those Rules of the Patents (Fees) Rules 1998 (SI 1998/1778) as last amended by the Patents (Amendment) Rules 2005 (SI 2005/2496). There have been no fee increases.

Where a form is specified in Schedule 1 in relation to any matter, that form must be sent to the comptroller together with the relevant fee for that matter, unless the Patents Rules 2007 specify otherwise (rule 2).

The application fees for a national (UK) patent application and for an international application for a patent (UK) are set out in rule 3(1) and the fee for an international application for a patent (UK) to enter the UK national phase is set out in rule 3(2).

Fees for renewal of a patent, including late renewal, are set out in Schedule 2 (rules 4 and 5).

Provision is also made for fees in respect of supplementary protection certificates for medicinal and plant protection products. These relate to matters arising under the provisions of Council Regulation (EEC) No 1768/92 of 18 June 1992 concerning the creation of a supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products (OJ No L 182, 2.7.92, p 1) as amended by Regulation (EC) 1902/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on medicinal products for paediatric use (OJ No L 378, 27.12.2006, p 1). As regards plant protection products, the fees relate to Regulation (EC) No 1610/96 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 1996 concerning the creation of a supplementary protection certificate for plant protection products (OJ No L 198, 8.8.96, p 30).

The Patents (Supplementary Protection Certificates) Rules 1997 (SI 1997/64), which formerly made provision for fees in respect of supplementary protection certificates for medicinal and plant protection products, have been revoked by the Patents Rules 2007. Schedule 1 sets out certain fees relating to supplementary protection certificates, and rule 6 sets out the fees payable for a supplementary protection certificate to take effect.

Rule 7 sets out other fees relating to publication of translations of international applications and applications to the comptroller for orders to assist in obtaining evidence for proceedings under the European Patent Convention made in Munich on 5th October 1973 (published in Cmnd 8510 Treaty Series 16/1982 and also available on the website of the European Patent Organisation), and the transmission of an international application for a patent from the Patent Office to the International Bureau and the International Searching Authority under the Patent Co-operation Treaty signed at Washington on 19th June 1970 (published in Cmnd 7340 Treaty series 78/1978 and also available on the website of the World Intellectual Property Organisation).

An impact assessment has been prepared and copies placed in the libraries of both Houses of Parliament. Copies are also available from Patents Legal Section, Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8QQ.

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