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.



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