Summary

The UK IPO is waiving the requirement to pay fees for some specific acts during a period from 30th July 2020 to 31st March 2021. The so called ‘coronavirus amendment’ to the Rules was laid before Parliament on 29th June 2020 and is intended to financially assist applicants struggling due to financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic.

The following fees are ‘reduced to nil’:

Patents

  • The additional fee for paying renewal fees within the grace period
  • The additional fee for paying the supplementary protection certificate fee in the grace period
  • The fee for an extension of a time limit
  • The fee for making a late declaration of priority
  • The fee for reinstatement
  • The fee for restoration

Trade Marks

  • The additional fee for paying renewal fees within the grace period
  • The fee for an extension of a time limit
  • The fee to restore and renew a registration

Registered Designs

  • The additional fee for paying a renewal fee within the grace period
  • The fee to restore a registration

The statutory instrument bringing these changes into effect can be found here. Please contact us for more information.

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