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Sep 28, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 17/16)
United Kingdom
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Fees for Designs Reduced Soon

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has changed fees for UK registered design protection. The new fees will come into force on October 1, 2016.

The fee reductions will be substantial. Filing fees will be based on the number of applications filed; the more applications, the greater the saving. For example, the fee for filing one design application will be reduced from £60 to £50 when filed electronically which is not a great saving. However, applicants can now for the first time file up to ten designs for a single fee of £70 (currently £420) and up to 20 designs for a single fee of £90 (currently £820).

Renewal fees will increase every five years of the term of protection but, overall, will also be reduced, with the biggest savings made in the third and final renewal periods. For example, the renewal fee payable at the end of year 15 will be £110 compared with the current £310 (a 64% reduction). At year 20, the fee will be £140 instead of the current £450 (a 69% saving). Overall, the total renewal fees for a full 25 year term will be reduced by 63% from £1,100 to £410.

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Source: and Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP, UK