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UKIPO updates PCT Fee Structure

June 1, 2020

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has recently revised the structure of its Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) fees. The said changes have been published in the News Bulletin of the UKIPO on June 01, 2020[1].

The changes in the PCT fee structure as issued by UKIPO will be implemented and brought into effect from July 01, 2020 and are listed as below:

Fee Before 1st July, 2020 From 1st July, 2020
Transmittal Fee £75 £75
Search Fee £1479 £1560
International Fee for first 30 sheets £1085 £1085
International Fee for each sheet over 30 £12 £12
Reduction for E-filing without character coded format £163 £163
Reduction for E-filing in character coded format £245 £245
Preparation of Priority document fee £20 £20

The UKPIO had last revised the PCT fee structure on May 01, 2020 and the only revision reflected herein pertains to the fee structure with respect to patent search fee.

PCT application

A patent application filed under the PCT or Patent Cooperation Treaty, which is a multilateral treaty and administered by the International Bureau (IB), of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) , is called an international application, or PCT application. Patent Applicants seeking global protection for their inventions, can file one International Patent application under the PCT and get access to protecting their invention in the contracting member countries worldwide.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/1-july-2020-update-to-the-patent-cooperation-treaty-pct-fees

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