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This page gives you an overview of all fees of our office.

These fees are compliant with Dutch Patent Law. All amounts are calculated in euro.

Fees

Fees for application and novelty search as of 5 June 2008Euro
Fee for filing a patent application: 
- online80
- on paper120
Fee state of art search national application100
Fee state of art search international application794

Annual fees as of 5 June 2008

In order to maintain a patent in the Netherlands, an annual fee must be paid to Netherlands Patent Office, a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The first payment is due at the start of the 4th year after the application has been filed. There is a fixed annual fee per year, depending upon the year after the application was filed. The last day upon which the annual fee (without increase) can be paid is the last day of the month in which the patent application has been filed.

Annual fees

YearFee amount (euro)Fine (euro) [2]
1st year--
2nd year--
3rd year--
4th year4020
5th year10050
6th year16080
7th year220110
8th year280140
9th year340170
10th year400200
11th year500250
12th year600300
13th year700350
14th year800400
15th year900450
16thyear1.000500
17th year1.100550
18th year1.200600
19th year1.300650
20th year1.400700
21st year [1]1.600800
22nd year1.800900
23rd year2.0001.000
24th year2.2001.100
25th year2.4001.200
26th year1.300-

[1] From the 21st year annual fees are due for Supplementary Protection Certificates.

[2] Payment after the due date is possible within 6 months after the due date. However, this means that a fine of 50% of the valid annual fee will be charged.

Other fees

 Euro
Transmittal fee for an international application50
Fee payable on filing a translation into the Dutch language of a European patent granted for the Netherlands25
Fee for filing a supplementary protection certificate544
Fee for filing a request for the restoration in the prior state161
Fee for an advisory report concerning the applicability of the grounds for nullification for a patent340
Fee for a request made by the applicant and inventor jointly in order to improve or delete the family name, Christian names and residence of the inventor in the application22
Fee for registration of a deed of assignments27
Fee for registration of license agreements27
Fee for registration of changes of name for a patent or a patent application11
When the change of name refers to more than 5 patents or patent applications, the fee payable for each subsequent patent or patent application shall be:5
Fee for a certified copy of the international application9
Fee for certified copies of payment notifications9
Fee for certified extracts form data of the patent register for each patent (application)9
Fee for a priority document9

 

Paying on and after the expiry date

In order to maintain a patent in the Netherlands, an annual fee must be paid to our office. The first payment is due at the start of the 4th year after the application has been filed. There is a fixed maintenance fee per year, depending upon the year after the application was filed. The last day upon which the annual fee (without increase) can be paid is the last day of the month in which the patent application that resulted in the patent has been filed. However:

  • If the patent has been granted to a divisional patent application, the month of filing of the original patent application shall be the determining factor.
  • If the patent is granted in or after the fourth year, the initial payment shall be due immediately if the day/month upon which the patent has been granted is the same as or falls before the day/month upon which the application has been submitted.

If you wish to pay the annual fee for a patent that has not yet been granted, we would prefer you to state the day upon which the patent shall be granted. Late payment is permitted up to 6 months after the day upon which the payment is due. If that is the case, an increase of 50% of the annual fee applicable at that time shall be due. There is however an exception: if the first annual fee has to be paid within a period of 2 months after the day upon which the patent has been granted, the amount can still be paid on the last day of the month in which this period ends without being subject to an increase. If an annual fee with a penalty is not paid within 6 months after the date upon which the patent expires, the patent shall expire irrevocably.

Bank accounts

Fees can be paid to our bank account (see Information about patents).

Please note

  • It is the responsibility of the patent holder to pay the annual fee on time.
  • We do not sent any invoices for annual fees, deeds, requests etc.
  • As a governmental agency our office is not subject to VAT, therefore no VAT will be calculated on annual fees, deeds, requests etc.

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