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Graphic: What will a Unitary Patent cost?

Kingsley Egbuonu, London

The EPO Select Committee recently adopted a decision that will mean that the cost of renewing a Unitary Patent in the 25 participating states will be 70% lower than the comparable costs today. But the actual savings depend on the number of ratifications, the additional countries required and how long the patent is maintained for

The plan adopted by the Committee is known as the true top 4, and is based loosely on the cost of maintaining a European patent in Germany, France, the UK and the Netherlands. The cost of keeping a patent for...

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