Annuities for patents and patent applications
Official annuities, i.e. renewal fees, must be paid for patent applications and granted patents in order to keep the application or patent in force. Annuities are handled separately with the relevant patent authority in each country or region in which the patent application is pending or the patent is granted. In general, granted patents are valid for 20 years from the filing date, provided that the annuities have been paid.
The due date for the first annuity depends on the country. In most of the countries the due date for the first annuity is 1-3 years from the filing date of the application (e.g. Finland, EPO), as in other countries the annuities are not due until the patent is granted (e.g. USA, UK).
We cooperate with CPA Global (former Patrafee Ab) for the payment and monitoring of patent and utility model annuities.
Renewal fees for utility models
For Finnish utility models, a renewal fee must be paid after grant. The renewal fee is paid again after four years and finally again at eight years. The due date is based on the filing date of the utility model application and the total term of a utility model is 10 years at the most.
Renewal surveillance for trademarks and design registrations
In general, trademark registrations must be be renewed every ten years and design registrations every five years to keep the registrations in force.
We monitor the renewal dates for trademark and design registrations on behalf of our clients and take care of the renewals processes.
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