Patent protection is an investment. While there is a general timeline for patent applications how long it will take to convince the patent office examiner that your patent application meets the requirements varies. Meaning that the number of official actions and how many European patent renewals payable also varies. This variation will impact the costs, however, on average, it costs £19,000 including official fees and service fees to get a European patent application drafted through to grant. The costs to validate the European Patent in the required member states can significantly increase the cost and on average, an additional £3000 per member state should be added to the average cost to get the patent to grant to get the overall costs for obtaining European patent protection. The costs are reviewed stage by stage below.
The first stage is to draft the patent application. The costs for drafting on average are between £3000 and £5500. The cost is for the time spent by a patent attorney to understand the invention and translate this into a patent application. Therefore, the costs vary dependant on the complexity of the invention and the time needed to draft the application.
The official fees which must be paid on filing will depend on the type of filing. In addition to the official fees, the patent attorney firm will also charge a service fee that covers the administration costs of lodging the application, add the case to the firm’s records management system, docketing of the case, and reporting. The Service fee will vary by firm, but the average fee is £1000.
For Non-convention, Convention and Divisional filings the filing (€125 online), search (€1350), excess claims fees (€245 claims 16-50, €610 every claim over 50) and excess pages fees (€16 36th page on) can be paid on filing but must be paid 1 month from the filing date.
Euro-PCT filings the filing fee, search fee, and excess page fees, must be paid on filing.