Disclaimer: the contents of this page are for information purposes only. They cannot be considered official information and they are subject to change any time without prior notice. For the most up to date information regarding filing procedures and fees, please visit each respective office’s website or contact the offices directly. The respective authorities may change their fees or the information regarding applications any time. If you notice any information out of date on our website, feel free to contact us and we will de our best to update our page as soon as possible.

WIPO (PCT application)

PCT is an international treaty with 152 Contracting States which makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in a large number of countries by filing a single international patent application instead of filing several separate national or regional patent applications. The granting of patents remains under the control of the national or regional patent offices in what is called the “national phase”.

One of the greatest benefits of a PCT application is winning some extra time: instead of the 12-month period you will have 30 months (on an average) to figure out in which country you would like your invention to be protected – and the revenue from your invention can cover the costs of the national phases. For more information on PCT applications, please visit the PCT page of our firm’s website.

Application / filing

Filing of PCT Applications – here you can find information regarding the direct filing of PCT applications with the International Bureau as PCT receiving Office.

Any resident or national of a PCT Contracting State may file an international application direct with the International Bureau of WIPO as receiving Office, as an alternative to filing with the competent national or regional Office.

Fees

Patent cost calculator – to calculate PCT international patent application official filing fees easily, please visit the PCT page of Patent Cost Calculator by Pintz & Partners

EPO (European patent application)

The European Patent Convention has established a single European procedure for the grant of patents on the basis of a single application and created a uniform body of substantive patent law designed to provide easier, cheaper and stronger protection for inventions in the contracting states. European patents are granted by the European Patent Office in a centralised and thus cost-effective and time-saving procedure conducted in either English, French or German, its three official languages.

When a patent is granted by the European Patent Office, it does not enjoy legal protection automatically. It needs to be validated in all the countries where you would like to obtain exclusive rights for your invention’s use.

The 38 contracting states are: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

For more information on European patent applications, please visit the European Patent Filing page of our firm’s website.

Application / filing

How to apply for a European patent – you can find the most essential information regarding getting a European patent here

Web-form filing – for online filing, EPO’s online browser application is available here

Guide for applicants: How to get a European patent – here you can find detailed information for applicant

Authorities with which European patent applications may be filed – if you prefer filing via traditional mail, here you can find the respective authorities and their correspondence addresses

Fees

Patent cost calculator – to calculate European patent application official filing fees easily, please visit the European page of Patent Cost Calculator by Pintz & Partners

United States

Online Application – You may use the online application form as an unregistered user using via the following link https://efs.uspto.gov/EFSWebUIUnregistered/EFSWebUnregistered

Alternatively you may apply for an EFS-Web account at the following link http://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/applying-online/getting-started-new-users this will allow you to use the registered user version of EFS-Web at https://efs.uspto.gov/efile/myportal/efs-registered however please note that you will be required to fill out application forms and send them via fax to the appropriate authorities in order to gain a login (detailed in new users link above).

Fees

You may submit a Provisional Application for a fee of $150 or $75 for Small Entity or Micro Entity respectively. Provisional Applications last 12 months with no possibility of extension, during these 12 months a Non-provisional Application must be submitted, with reference to the Provisional Application, in order for your patent to benefit from the early filing date of the Provisional Application.

Fees for Patent applications are detailed below, depending on whether you are applying as a Small or Micro Entity. Basic filing fee is payable upon filing your application. Search, examination and issue fees are payable at a later date.

Type of Fee Small Entity ($) Micro Entity ($)
Basic filing fee 150 75
Search Fee 330 165
Examination Fee 380 190
Issue fee 500 250

All fees are payable online as part of the EFS-Web application system. You may choose to pay as guest, this will require you to enter the required information, including payment method, each time a payment is made, or you may choose to make a USPTO account which you can then use to keep track of payments within the EFS-Web system (https://account.uspto.gov/create-account#/)

United Kingdom

Application onlinehttps://www.ipo.gov.uk/p-apply-before.htm

A patent application is made up of 4 parts that need to meet specific criteria.

You must include:

  • a description of your invention that allows others to see how it works and how it could be made
  • legal statements that set out the technical features of your invention that are to be protected (known as ‘claims’)
  • a summary of all the important technical aspects of your invention (known as the ‘abstract’)

You should also include any drawings you need to illustrate your description.

You have to submit your description and any drawings with your application form.

You can file your claims and abstract once your patent is pending, but it’s best if you submit all the parts together.

Fees
Type of fee Online application (£)
Application fee 20
Search fee 130
Substantive examination fee 80

Application fee can be paid when you apply, or later for an additional £10. The Search and Examination fee may be paid at the time of submitting your application or later for an additional fee of £30 for the Search.

You must request your search within 12 months of your filing or priority date.

You must request your examination within 6 months of publication.

Fees are payable online with a credit or debit card. They may also be paid by cheque, cash or bank transfer however the fees could be higher in these cases.

Any fees not paid during the application process may be paid online using the following link https://www.ipo.gov.uk/p-apply-online-sfd-form.htm

Australia

Online Applicationhttps://services.ipaustralia.gov.au/ssoda/UI/Login?realm=/IPA_EXTERNAL&goto=https%3A%2F%2Fservices.ipaustralia.gov.au%3A443%2FICMWebUI%2F

Your patent application must include:

  • a completed online application
  • a specification:
    • description
    • claims (optional for provisional applications)
    • an abstract
    • drawings (if applicable)
    • a gene sequence listing (if applicable)
  • the filing fee.
Fees

For standard applications you must pay the filing fee during the registration, or within 2 months of registration.

You must also request an examination within 5 years of your filing date.

There is also an acceptance charge for standard patents if they are successful.

Type of fee Official fee payable ($)
Standard patent application 370
Standard patent examination request 490
Standard patent acceptance 250

All fees are payable when they are due on the online application page.

Canada

Online Application – To access the online application process you must first register an account at the following link: https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/registration-inscription/register_email.html

Once registered you may log in to the online application process via the following link (near the bottom): http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/wr01477.html?Open&wt_src=cipo-patent-main

Your application must contain the following:

  • the name and address of the applicant or your patent agent
  • documents in TIFF or PDF format (including abstract, claims to the invention and drawings when applicable) describing the invention
  • biological sequence listings (when applicable) in PDF or TIFF and in ASCII
  • the filing fee and signed small entity declaration, if applicable
  • a formal petition (a petition will be automatically generated once you complete the application form)
Fees

The following Fees are payable for a patent Application for a Small Entity.

  1. Filing fee of $200 (CAD) payable upon filing of the application.
  2. Examination fee of $400 (CAD) payable when requesting an examination.
  3. Final fee of $150 (CAD) payable upon patent approval.

All payments are payable online at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/wr03055.html

Ireland

A patent application consists of:

  • A request for the grant of a patent (completing the application Form No.1 is
    sufficient to comply with this requirement).
  • Aspecification containing a description of the invention, one or more claims defining the matter for which protection is sought and any drawings needed for the disclosure.
  • Anabstract containing a summary of the matter contained in the specification.
  • The application must be accompanied by the appropriate application fee.

Application documenthttps://www.patentsoffice.ie/en/Patents/How-to-Apply/Patent-Application-Form-No-1.doc

Online submission of patent application is not possible and should be printed out and mailed to: Patents Office, Government Buildings, Hebron Road, Kilkenny, Ireland

Fees
Type of Fee 20 Year Patent (€) Short-term Patent (€)
Basic filing fee 125 60
Search Fee 200 Not Applicable
Examination Fee 64 30

Schedule for Fees – https://www.patentsoffice.ie/en/Patents/Statutory-Patent-Fees/Schedule-of-Fees/

Payments

  • Online – Electronic payments to be made here https://epayment.patentsoffice.ie/ It should be noted that it will not be possible to pay any other statutory fees online until further notice.
  • By telephone – the Office is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm.
  • EFT/Bank Details – If you wish to pay by Electronic Funds Transfer please use the following protocol Payments by EFT Protocol (0.05 MB, Adobe PDF)

Fees should only be paid in EURO.

Further helpful documentation for the application process is available here – https://www.patentsoffice.ie/en/Patents/How-to-Apply/

Japan

Application – Electronic filing available but only accessible via the Japanese version of the site, and consequently no English version of the system is available.

IMPORTANT NOTE

The application form itself must be written in Japanese. Even your name and address should be transliterated into Japanese katakana characters. In principle, the description, claims, drawings (if necessary), and abstract also should be written in Japanese.

However, as long as the prescribed formal requirements have been met, you may initially submit the description, claims, drawings (if necessary), and an abstract in any language.

If you submit your description, claims, drawings and abstract in any language other than Japanese, you will need to submit the Japanese translations of those documents within one year and four months from the earlier of the following two dates: (1) the filing date or (2) the priority date (if applicable). If you do not submit the translations to our Office within the prescribed period, you will be notified of that effect and be able to submit them within two months from the date of the JPO’s mailing of the notice. If you do not submit translations to our Office within the two-month time, your patent application will be deemed to have been withdrawn.

Fees
  1. Patent Application in a language other than Japanese filing fee – ¥22,000 (payable when the application is submitted
  2. Request for examination – ¥118,000 + ¥4,000 per claim (payable when submitting a request for examination, within 3 years of the original filing date)
  3. Registration and annual fee (if patent is granted)

New Zealand

Online Application – Before you can complete an online application you must create an account at https://www.iponz.govt.nz/support/become-a-registered-user/

Once you have logged in you’ll be taken to your Inbox. Under the Patent section select the type of application which is appropriate to the patent you wish to apply for.

Fees

You may submit a Provisional Application for a fee of $100. Provisional Applications last 12 months with a possibility of up to 3 months extension on request, during these 12-15 months a Complete Application must be submitted, with reference to the Provisional Application, in order for your patent to benefit from the early filing date of the Provisional Application.

The fee submitting a Complete Application is $250, payable upon filing your application. There is also a further Examination fee of $500 payable at a later date (examination must be requested within 5 years of the filing date).

All Fees are payable online using a credit or debit card, internet banking and the possibility of direct debit in some circumstances.

Barbados

Application – Applications must be submitted to the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office of Barbados either electronically or via post. Required documents can be found here http://www.caipo.gov.bb/site/index.php/component/phocadownload/category/19-patents

Fees

Details of fees are unavailable on the website, please contact the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office of Barbados at requests@caipo.gov.bb

Belize

Online Application – The following 2 forms will need to be filled out

  1. http://www.belipo.bz/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/form_011.doc
  2. http://www.belipo.bz/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/form_021.doc

They will need to be submitted using the following online submission system http://www.belipo.bz/petition-for-patent/

Fees

The cost of filing a patent is $300 (Belize) payable upon the submission of the application. A further fee of $300 (Belize) is payable for the grant of the patent if it is granted.

India

Online Application – All patent applications can be submitted via the E-Patentfiling system available at https://ipindiaonline.gov.in/epatentfiling/goForLogin/doLogin

You may submit a Provisional Application or Complete Application. Provisional Applications last 12 months with no possibility of extension, during these 12 months a Complete Application must be submitted, with reference to the Provisional Application, in order for your patent to benefit from the early filing date of the Provisional Application.

For filing both a Provisional and Complete application the fee is the same however, no additional filing fee is payable for Complete Applications if a Provisional Application has been filed and the required fee paid, so long as said Complete Application is submitted within the required 12 month period.

Forms required for the submission of an application:

  1. http://ipindia.nic.in/ipr/patent/patent_FormsFees/Form-1.pdf
  2. http://ipindia.nic.in/ipr/patent/patent_FormsFees/Form-2.pdf (only required if submitting a Complete Application after submitting an initial Provisional Application)
  3. http://ipindia.nic.in/ipr/patent/patent_FormsFees/Form-3.pdf
  4. http://ipindia.nic.in/ipr/patent/patent_FormsFees/Form-5.pdf
  5. http://ipindia.nic.in/ipr/patent/patent_FormsFees/Form-18.pdf (Examination request document, not needed for the initial filing of the application)

Further required documents may be found here: http://ipindia.nic.in/ipr/patent/patent_FormsFees/index.htm

Fees
Type of Fee Natural person (₹) Small Entity (₹)
Filing fee 1600 4000
Examination fee 4000 10000

A detailed list of fees for additional services may be found here: http://ipindia.nic.in/ipr/patent/patent_FormsFees/Fees.pdf

Jamaica

Application – The following forms will need to be filled out and submitted to Jamaica Intellectual Property Office in duplicate (Trafalgar Road Ground Floor, JAMPRO Building Kingston 10)

  1. http://www.jipo.gov.jm/sites/default/files/Word_files/PETITION.doc
  2. http://www.jipo.gov.jm/sites/default/files/Word_files/LETTERS%20PATENT.doc
  3. http://www.jipo.gov.jm/sites/default/files/Word_files/Specification.doc
  4. http://www.jipo.gov.jm/sites/default/files/Word_files/DECLARATION.doc
Fees

Details of fees are unavailable on the website, please contact JIPO at info@jipo.gov.jm

South Africa

Online Application – You must register an account at the CIPC e-Filer at the following link http://www.zaip.org/user/register

This will then give you access to use IP E-Services, used to file all patent application http://efile.cipc.co.za/Pages/Login.aspx

You will need to download, complete and upload the following documentation onto the IP E-Services after logging in and selecting the type of patent you wish to create (provisional or complete)

Provisional:

  1. Application for a Patent and Acknowledgement of Receipt http://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/download_file/view/234/
  2. Register of Patents http://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/download_file/view/235/
  3. Declaration of Power of Attorney http://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/download_file/view/236/
  4. Provisional Specification http://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/download_file/view/5362/

Complete:

  1. Application for a Patent and Acknowledgement of Receipt http://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/download_file/view/234/
  2. Register of Patents http://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/download_file/view/235/
  3. Declaration of Power of Attorney http://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/download_file/view/236/
  4. Full detailed descriptions, claims and drawings (if applicable) on A4 pages should be included http://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/download_file/view/238/
  5. Publication particulars and abstract; abstract could contain one drawing or chemical formulae if applicable. http://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/download_file/view/239/
  6. Power of Attorney http://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/download_file/view/241/
Fees

All fees must be paid via a CIPC account, details on how to register and procedures for depositing money can be found at http://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/contact-us/banking-details/

You may submit a Provisional Application for a fee of R60 (ZAR). Provisional Applications last 12 months with a possibility of up to 3 months extension on request, during these 12-15 months a Complete Application must be submitted, with reference to the Provisional Application, in order for your patent to benefit from the early filing date of the Provisional Application.

Full applications must be submitted with the filing fee of R590 (ZAR).

Trinidad and Tobago

Application – The following application must be completed and printed on A4 and returned to the IPO offices in Trinidad and Tobago (3rd Floor, Capital Plaza, 11 – 13 Frederick Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad) http://www.ipo.gov.tt/uploads/forms/patent%20/blank%20patent%20app.pdf

Fees

Details of fees are unavailable on the website, please contact the Office directly.