February 2019

Reduction of patent-related fees

On April 1, 2019, a new system will be introduced for the reduction of patent examination application and other fees. This system can be applied to all applications filed on or after April 1, 2019, regardless of the filing date.

The beneficiaries of this system are primarily small and medium-sized enterprises, venture companies and universities. The application procedure for this system was substantially simplified so that, as compared to the current system, it is not necessary to submit any application forms. In order to receive the reduced fee, it is sufficient to only indicate on the examination application form or registering and maintaining patent fee payment form that the applicant wishes to receive the reduction and it will no longer be necessary to submit the existing reduction application form. In addition, no supporting documents need to be filed and all applications will be addressed to the JPC in a unified manner. For further information, please contact us directly.

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