IPO temporary fee changes

10th July 2020

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has announced temporary fee changes to support customers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The IPO have announced new legislation which will come into force on 30 July 2020 implementing a number of temporary changes to the IPO’s usual fees. The changes will take effect immediately following the end of the period of interrupted days and will remain in place until 31 March 2021.

The changes that will be put in place include:

  • No fees for requests for an extension of time
  • No fees to apply for reinstatement of a patent application
  • No fees to apply for restoration of a trade mark or design registration
  • No surcharge for late payment of a patent application fee
  • No surcharge for late payment of renewal fees for patents and design registrations
  • A surcharge of £1 for late payment of renewal fees for trade mark registrations

If you would like any further information on the IPO’s temporary fee changes, or have questions regarding renewals or applications for intellectual property rights in light of the coronavirus outbreak, please contact our Intellectual Property Team.

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