Unitary patent: the cost of renewal


Unitary patent: the cost of renewal


Ever since the proposal for a unitary patent was confirmed back in 2012, one of the biggest concerns has centred on costs—more specifically, the renewal fees for the new patent. WIPR reports on the latest moves.

All eyes have been on the European Patent Office (EPO), the organisation that will grant the unitary patents, to provide some indication of what the costs for renewal will be.

The EPO’s president, Benoît Battistelli, has explained his thinking on renewal fees before.

“First and foremost it is necessary for the patent to be attractive, which means the fees should not to be too high,” he told WIPR in a September 2013 interview.

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