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Nov 30, 2018 (Newsletter Issue 20/18)
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Change to Official Fee Structure and Increase Soon

The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) informs that they will introduce a number of modifications to the fee structure for trademarks and designs, including a fee increase.

From January 1, 2019, the basic fee for trademark applications and renewals will no longer cover three classes of goods or services. A basic fee will cover one class and a fee for each extra class of goods or services will be added.

The same fee structure is also in use by EUIPO and many of the EU Member States. The aim is to encourage registration of trademarks for the goods and services for which they will actually be used, and to prevent the descriptions to be too broad.

With respect to trademark renewals, it will be possible from January onwards to renew a trademark registration for only some of the indicated classes.

In the case of applications for designs there will no longer be a supplement per added image. The fee structure for designs will be simplified by doing away with the outdated splitting of costs for applications for designs.

Further, from January onwards, the same fee level and structure as applies to trademarks will be applied to modifications of design registrations.

For more information on the official fees, please check here (currently only available in Dutch)