Following a consultation, the UKIPO have decided to change the fees for filing and renewing UK Registered Designs.
There will be significant fee reductions for online filing, particularly for multiple designs in a single application.
The filing fee for an application to register a single design via online filing will be £50 (compared to £60 for paper filing). The filing fee for an application to register up to ten separate designs (in a single application) filed online will be only £70.
For online filing, there will be an additional fee of £20 for each additional ten designs (i.e., for 11-2, 21-30 etc.,).
If filed on paper, there will be a filing fee of £40 for EACH additional design (on top of the £60 filing fee for the first design).
Renewal fees for UK Registered Designs will be greatly reduced over the normal four renewal periods (at five year intervals after initial registration):
- The first renewal fee will be £70;
- The second renewal fee will be £90;
- The third renewal fee will be £100;
- The fourth and last renewal fee will be £140.
The fee for filing an application for a declaration of invalidity will be reduced to £48.
The cost of requesting deferred publication will remain £40 per design.
The cost of requesting a certified copy of a UK design application will increase to £30.
The UKIPO say that these changes will be made “at the next suitable opportunity.”
To learn more about this issue and other developments at the UKIPO, please contact Stephen Waller, European Patent Attorney.