New charges for patents

The Belgian Office for Intellectual Property (OPRI) has announced new charges for patents from 1 January 2016.  

The Royal Decree of 9 November 2015 on fees and supplementary fees due for invention patents and supplementary protection certificates implements a reform of the fees. This reform will come into force on 1 January 2016 and entail the suppression of a series of fees and the increase of a series of others. 

We note in particular a general increase of annual maintenance fees and supplementary fees for patents. 

These new charges will come into force from 1 January 2016 but they also apply to any patents and supplementary protection certificates applied for or delivered before this enforcement date.

Sources

 

Click here for more information on Sirris’s intellectual property services.