Select Committee Discusses Renewal Fee Proposals
March 25, 2015
On March 23 and 24, 2015 the Select Committee of the Administrative Counsel (SCAC) held its 13th meeting in Munich, Germany and discussed two renewal fee proposals that had been submitted by the European Patent Office. The two proposals, referred to as TOP4 and TOP5 respectively, outlined unitary patent fees equal to the sum of the national renewal fees in the top 4 and 5 most frequently validated countries. The TOP5 proposal also provided a 25% discount for SMEs and colleges and universities.
The Select Committee will take the two proposals into consideration when it makes its final decision on the level of renewal fees in June 2015.