Search fee for ISA/EP to increase on December 1

It will be recalled that on September 1, 2017 the search fee paid by US filers of PCT applications for the EPO searching authority increased from $1992 to $2099.  Now it has been announced that on December 1, 2017 this fee will increase again, this time to $2238.

The ranking will remain unchanged after this fee increase.  Right now ISA/EP is the most expensive for US filers and ISA/RU is the least expensive, and that will not change on December 1.  Here is how the search fees will stand after the fee change:

  • EP – $2238
  • US – $2080
  • AU – $1688
  • SG – $1552
  • JP – $1372
  • KR – $1114
  • US – $1040 (small entity)
  • IL – $963
  • US – $520 (micro entity)
  • RU – $482

For the US filer who is planning to file a PCT application in which ISA/EP is selected, there will be an opportunity to save a little money.  The filer could file on November 30 rather than December 1, and the savings would be $139.

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