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Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Save £10 on your patenting costs

The IPKat has had his attention brought to the (rather tautologically-sounding) Trade Marks and Trade Marks and Patents (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2009, SI 2009, No. 2089, which is going to be making a few changes to the Trade Marks Rules 2008, the Trade Marks (Fees) Rules 2008 and the Patents (Fees) Rules 2007 as from October 2009.

As far as the IPKat can gather, the changes are mainly to do with tinkering around the edges of the current set-up. Among other minor things, some new allowances will be made for electronic filing of applications. One change in particular is that a whopping £10 saving will in future be possible when paying application or search fees on a patent application, if filing electronically. Any savings may, however, be short-lived if other proposed changes (as reported by the IPKat here) go ahead as planned.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

On the contrary, if the proposed fee changes go ahead, the saving will continue and will increase (for search and examination fees) to £30 each. You'll get a bigger saving, despite paying more...

Anonymous said...

You should be aware, however, of still paying the correct fee. In the US, a payment shortage of $10 for a annuity fee led to abandonement of the patent, which took some effort to correct (see: http://www.patentlyo.com/patent/2009/08/patent-office-keeps-check-lets-patent-go-abandoned-for-being-10-short.html)

Lex Lexical said...

Thanks for the post. The Patent charge changes are only a little less silly than the TM changes - I just posted about it after a battle for more info from the IPO:

http://incidentalprobably.blogspot.com/2009/08/uk-ipos-recession-busting-discount-plan.html

Anonymous said...

Lex Lexical - your blog suggests that it is difficult to find the announcement on the IPO website, when in fact there is a link to it - called "New trade mark fees and services (professional section)" in the "Latest News" section on the home web.

Lex Lexical said...

True! The casual visitor who espies that link will be able to find the announcement.

But won't they be put off by the "professional section" note? Also, when they get there, it is obviously drafted for someone who is familiar with the process, not a casual applicant who doesn't yet know what a "series of marks" is and hasn't a clue what an examination report is to look like.

The last thing to notice of course is that that list is continually updated, and by 1st October it's likely to have been pushed off the bottom!

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