As the automatic extension to deadlines at the UK IPO comes to an end on 30th July, the UK IPO has confirmed that there will be a temporary fee change from 30 July 2020 to 31 March 2021.
There will be no official fees for extensions of times or reinstatement or restoration of a trade mark, patent or design. Nor will there be a surcharge for payment of a patent application fee after the date of filing or late renewal surcharge fee for patents and designs. For late renewal of a trade mark, the surcharge will be £1.
The aim of the fee change is to support businesses during this time and encourage the maintenance of IP.
We know that many businesses will still be in a challenging situation when the period of interrupted days ends and will look to the IPO for flexibility and support, as they try to maintain their valuable IP, and seek to progress their pending applications. Deadlines will once again need to be met, and fees paid.