19 November 2015

Unitary Patent: Agreement reached on ‘distribution key'

Further progress has been reached on the Unitary Patent with member states agreeing the basis upon which renewal fees will be distributed amongst participating states. Under the agreement, announced on 17 November, 50% of renewal fees will be retained by the EPO, with the remainder (minus an administrative charge) being distributed amongst the participating countries according to a formula that will take into account their GDP and the number of applications filed from that country. The distribution key will be subject to revision every five years and may be adapted if practice differs greatly from the projected figures. 

The announcement follows the endorsement of the True Top 4 proposal for renewal fees earlier this year.   

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