The Netherlands Patent Office: patent fees
To file a patent application and keep your patent rights, you must pay annual and other fees to the Netherlands Patent Office. On this page, please find an overview of patent-related fees. The fees follow the Dutch Patent Law. All amounts are in euros.
Good to know
- The patent holder is responsible for paying the annual fees in time.
- You do not receive invoices for payments of annual fees, deeds, requests, and so on.
- You do not pay VAT for annual fees, deeds, requests, and so on. As a public authority, we are not subject to VAT.
Filing and search fees
|Type of fee||Amount (Euros)|
|Filing a patent application online||80|
|Filing a patent application on paper||120|
|State of art search national application||100|
|State of art search international application||794|
|Year||Fee amount (Euros)||Fine (Euros)**|
|1 - 3||0||0|
|21st year *||1,600||800|
*For medicines and crop protection products, a supplementary protection certificate (SPC) can give an extra 5-year protection after the patent has expired. Counted from the 21st year, annual fees are due for SPCs.
**Payment after the due date is possible if you pay within 6 months. But, this will result in a penalty fee of 50% of the annual fee.
Payment of annual fees before or on the expiry date
To maintain your patent rights in the Netherlands, you must pay an annual fee.
- The first payment is due 3 years after your patent application.
- The annual fee increases during the life of the patent, please see the table below.
- For granted patents, you must pay the annual fee before the expiry date, which is the last day of the month in which you filed your patent application. For example, if you applied for a patent on 1 January 2020 and the patent has been granted, you must pay the first annual fee before 31 January 2023.
- For a divisional patent, the month you must pay the annual fee in is the month you applied for the original patent.
- You can pay the annual fee for a patent that we have not yet granted. In this case, please state the date that we will grant the patent when you make your payment.
|Type of fee||Amount (Euros)|
|International application transmittal||50|
|Filing a translation of a European patent granted for the Netherlands into Dutch||25|
|Filing a supplementary protection certificate||544|
|Filing a request for the restoration in the prior state||161|
|Advisory report on the applicability of the grounds for nullification for a patent||340|
|Improving or deleting the family name, Christian names and residence of the inventor
in the application. Such a request comes from the applicant and inventor jointly.
|Registration of a deed of assignments||27|
|Registration of license agreements||27|
|Registration of changes of the name for a patent or patent application||11|
|Changing the names of more than 5 patents or patent applications.
Each subsequent patent or patent application
|Certified copy of the international application||9|
|Certified copies of payment notifications||9|
|Certified extracts form data of the patent register for each patent (application)||9|
Missing your payment date
If you do not pay the annual fee in time, we will add a penalty fee. You need to pay the penalty and annual fee within 6 months after the expiry date of the patent. If you do not pay these fees, your patent will expire permanently. Once your patent has expired, you cannot apply for it again.
In the case of a penalty fee, we will increase the annual fee by 50%. There is an exception: if the first annual fee is due for payment within a period of 2 months after the day that the patent has been granted, you can still pay the amount on the last day of the month in which this period of 2 months ends without a penalty.
Bank account details
P.O. Box 1800, 1000 BV Amsterdam
Account name: RVO Octrooien
Account number: IBAN NL41 INGB 0705 0012 96
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