Simulation of patent process

Guide to using the Patent Calculator

1. Specify whether you want to start by filing your patent application in Denmark and if the patent should be in effective in Denmark? 3. Specify how many countries outside the EPO the patent should be effective in.
2. Specify how many countries in the EPO the patent should be effective in.

See and select countries

Application process

The quoted prices shall only provide an idea of the cost levels involved in patenting. The prices are based on an estimate of fees, expenses, professional consultation, translations, etc. for a simple patent application within the mechanical field consisting of 15 pages with 10 claims when you are being represented by a patent consultant. Therefore, the estimated total cost shall in no way be equated with a precise calculation. Therefore, you ought to seek advice from a patent consultant in order to get a more accurate idea of what it will actually cost you to patent your invention.


Possible processes based on selected criteria

 
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DK → National application (NA)

If you wish to obtain a national  patent  plus a few additional countries, you can file  a national  patent application. After the filing date, you will then have 12 months in which to  file  patent applications for other countries.

×
Est. total cost (excl. annual fees)
The estimated total cost will cover costs for all countries which you have selected.

The amount consists of fees (excl. annual fees), professional consultation costs, translations, etc. for a simple 15-page application with 10 claims within the mechanical field.

You should be aware of the fact that costs are paid on an ongoing basis throughout the application process, and are therefore not due on the day when you apply for a patent. In the calculator you can see when specific costs are due during the application period.

Annual fees
In addition, the calculator will provide you with an estimated result for the first-year annual fees for the countries which you have selected. In order for your patent to remain in force, you will have to pay an annual fee. Note that most countries operate with increasing annual fees, the longer you maintain the patent.×

Filing a national patent application

A national  patent application  must be filed with the national  patent  office. You can  file  your  application  by mail, fax, or electronically via the website of the Danish  Patent  and  Trademark  Office. In addition, you can choose whether to  file  your  application  in Danish or English. If you choose to  file  your  application  in English, it will save having to translate your  application, should you at a later date wish to  file  your  application  through the European or international  patent  system.

The benefits of filing a  patent application:

  • A  patent application  is a documentation of your  invention  and consequently you will not need secrecy agreements for the content of the  patent applicationwhen you are negotiating with business partners.
  • The  application  documents the point in time when the  invention  was made, which means that it is damaging to the  novelty  of subsequent  applications and can thereby prevent others from protecting an identical technology.
  • The  application  can be a negotiating asset in collaborations with other companies.
  • The  application  may be a financing asset for the bank and other co-financing sources.
  • An  application  signals that the company is at the technological forefront, which can be used in a PR context.
×

Amendment of the patent application

When you have  filed your national  patent application, it will be put through a formalities check. When these are in order, the case will be forwarded to an examiner in the relevant authority, who is responsible for the technical examination. After this, the relevant authority will write to you concerning any amendment of your  application  with a view to getting it approved.

×

Filing national patent applications in other countries

Within 12 months after filing the national  application, you must  file  patent applications in the other countries where you want to obtain  patent  protection. Within these first 12 months you have the right to require  priority  from the national  application, i.e. with regard to  novelty, the foreign  applications shall be considered  filed at the same time as the national  application.

×

Amendment of the national patent application

You must now respond to the letter that you received from your examiner (see "Amendment of  patent application"), and make amendments to the  application. The examiner will then determine whether the  application  can now be approved.

×

Amendment of national patent applications in other countries

Just as there can be formal and technical amendments and/or clarification that must be made in the  application  when filing a national  application, so also can there be with the  applications filed in other countries.

×

Publication fee

A  publication  fee must be paid in connection with the grant of  patent.

Benefits after grant of  patent:

  • A  patent  is an exclusive right to  exploit an invention commerciallyThis means that if you have a  patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the  invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a  patent  for an  invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention  commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the  patent, it may be a sales asset. The  patent  can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
×

Renewal fees

If your  patent application  is approved, you will be notified that the  patent  can be granted. You must also pay renewal fees regularly (from the date of filing). Renewal fees are due for payment once a year in the month in which theapplication  was  filed. All fees are to be paid in advance. However, the fees for the first two years are first due for payment together with the fees for the third year, i.e. after approximately two years.

Benefits after grant of  patent:

  • A  patent  is an exclusive right to  exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a  patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the  invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a  patent  for an  invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention  commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the  patent, it may be a sales asset. The  patent  can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
×

DK → European patent application (EP)

If you want to get a  patent  in a number of European countries, you can start by filing a national  application, and then extend it as a European  application through EPO within 12 months.

×
Est. total cost (excl. annual fees)
The estimated total cost will cover costs for all countries which you have selected.

The amount consists of fees (excl. annual fees), professional consultation costs, translations etc. for a simple 15-page application with 10 claims within the mechanical field.

You should be aware of the fact that costs are paid on an ongoing basis throughout the application process, and are therefore not due on the day when you apply for a patent. In the calculator you can see when specific costs are due during the application period.

Annual fees
In addition, the calculator will provide you with an estimated result for the first-year annual fees for the countries which you have selected. In order for your patent to remain in force, you will have to pay an annual fee. Note that most countries operate with increasing annual fees, the longer you maintain the patent.×

Filing a national patent application

A national  patent application  must be filed with the national  patent  office. You can  file  your  application  by mail, fax, or electronically via the website of the Danish  Patent  and  Trademark  Office. In addition, you can choose whether to  file  your  application  in Danish or English. If you choose to  file  your  application  in English, it will save having to translate your  application, should you at a later date wish to  file  your  application  in the European or international  patent  system.

The benefits of filing a  patent application:

  • A  patent application  is a documentation of your  invention  and consequently you will not need secrecy agreements for the content of the  patent applicationwhen you are negotiating with business partners.
  • The  application  documents the point in time when the  invention  was made, which means that it is damaging to the  novelty  of subsequent  applications and can thereby prevent others from protecting an identical technology.
  • The  application  can be a negotiating asset in collaborations with other companies.
  • The  application  may be a financing asset for the bank and other co-financing sources.
  • An  application  signals that the company is at the technological forefront, which can be used in a PR context.
×

Any amendment of the patent application

When you have  filed your national  patent application, it will be put through a formalities check. When these are in order, the case will be forwarded to an examiner in the relevant authority, who is responsible for the technical examination. After this, the relevant authority will write to you concerning any amendment of your  application  with a view to getting it approved.

×

Filing a European patent application

When you  file  a European  patent application, all the 38 associated countries are automatically designated.

×

Payment of designation, search and examination and any extension fees

You must pay fees for search and examination to the EPO as well as a designation fee for the 38 associated countries. The extension fee is a designation fee for a number of states outside the EPO that recognize the EPO's  casework, which you can therefore designate.

×

Processing and approval of a European application

The EPO performs a patentability assessment and finalises the application. This means that you will have identical patents in all countries.

×

Validation and translation of a European patent

This expense covers the cost of translation and validation in the countries in which you want the patent to be valid.

×

Publication fee

A publication fee must be paid in connection with the grant of patent.

Benefits after grant of patent:

  • A patent is an exclusive right to exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a patent for an invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the patent, it may be a sales asset. The patent can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
×

Renewal fees

If your patent application is approved, you will be notified that the patent can be granted. You must also pay renewal fees regularly (from the date of filing). Renewal fees are due for payment once a year in the month in which theapplication was filed. All fees are to be paid in advance. However, the fees for the first two years are first due for payment together with the fees for the third year, i.e. after approximately two years. Payment of the annual renewal fee for the EP application starts on the date of the third-year annuity, as calculated from the date of filing.

Benefits after grant of patent:

  • A patent is an exclusive right to exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a patent for an invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the patent, it may be a sales asset. The patent can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
×

DK → International application (PCT) → EP, NA, NA

If you want to get a patent for your invention in many countries, including outside Europe, you can start by filing a national application and then file a PCT (international) application within 12 months. The PCT application subsequently enters the national phase, i.e.: filed as national applications and/or as a European application.

×
Est. total cost (excl. annual fees)
The estimated total cost will cover costs for all countries which you have selected.

The amount consists of fees (excl. annual fees), professional consultation costs, translations, etc. for a simple 15-page application with 10 claims within the mechanical field.

You should be aware of the fact that costs are paid on an ongoing basis throughout the application process, and are therefore not due on the day when you apply for a patent. In the calculator you can see when specific costs are due during the application period.

Annual fees
In addition, the calculator will provide you with an estimated result for the first-year annual fees for the countries which you have selected. In order for your patent to remain in force, you will have to pay an annual fee. Note that most countries operate with increasing annual fees, the longer you maintain the patent.×

Filing a national patent application

A national  patent application  must be filed with the national  patent  office. You can  file  your  application  by mail, fax, or electronically via the website of the Danish  Patent  and  Trademark  Office. In addition, you can choose whether to  file  your  application  in Danish or English. If you choose to  file  your  application  in English, it will save having to translate your  application, should you at a later date wish to  file  your  application  in the European or international  patent  system.

The benefits of filing a  patent application:

  • A  patent application  is a documentation of your  invention  and consequently you will not need secrecy agreements for the content of the  patent applicationwhen you are negotiating with business partners.
  • The  application  documents the point in time when the  invention  was made, which means that it is damaging to the  novelty  of subsequent  applications and can thereby prevent others from protecting an identical technology.
  • The  application  can be a negotiating asset in collaborations with other companies.
  • The  application  may be a financing asset for the bank and other co-financing sources.
  • An  application  signals that the company is at the technological forefront, which can be used in a PR context.

 

×

Any amendment of the patent application

When you have  filed your national  patent application, it will be put through a formalities check. When these are in order, the case will be forwarded to an examiner in the relevant authority, who is responsible for the technical examination. After this, the relevant authority will write to you concerning any amendment of your  application  with a view to getting it approved.

×

Filing the PCT application

When you  file  a  patent application  with the PCT, all the 142 associated countries are automatically designated.

×

Search and examination and patentability assessment

The costs cover the correspondence concerning  patentability between the PCT authority and your  consultant.

×

Any amendment of the PCT application

The PCT authority performs a search and examination to see if the  invention  is new and differs significantly from the prior art, and makes an assessment of thepatentability of your  invention. When the  patentability of the  application  has been assessed and it can enter the national phase, there will be correspondence between the authority and your  consultant  concerning,  e.g.  amendment of claims.

×

National phase of the PCT application via EPO

19 months after filing the PCT  application, i.e. 31 months after filing the nationalapplication, you must file your  patent application  with  the European patent office, EPO.

×

National phase of the PCT application outside EPO

19 months after filing the PCT  application, i.e. 31 months after filing the national application, you must file your  patent application  with the countries where you want to obtain  protection  of your  invention.

×

Processing/granting in national countries

Just as there can be formal and technical amendments and/or clarifications that must be made in the  application  when filing a national  application, so also can there be with the  applications filed in other countries.

×

Processing/granting in the EPO

Just as there can be formal and technical amendments and/or clarifications that must be made in the  application  when filing a national  application, so also can there be with the EP  application.

×

Validation and translation of a European patent

This expense covers the cost of translation and validation in the countries in which you want the  patent  to be valid.

×

Publication fee

A  publication  fee must be paid in connection with the grant of  patent.

Benefits after grant of  patent:

  • A  patent  is an exclusive right to  exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a  patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the  invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a  patent  for an  invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention  commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the  patent, it may be a sales asset. The  patent  can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
×

Renewal fees

If your  patent application  is approved, you will be notified that the  patent  can be granted. You must also pay renewal fees regularly (from the date of filing). Renewal fees are due for payment once a year in the month in which theapplication  was  filed. All fees are to be paid in advance. However, the fees for the first two years are first due for payment together with the fees for the third year, i.e. after approximately two years. Payment of the annual  renewal fee  for the EP  application  starts on the date of the third-year annuity, as calculated from the date of filing.

Benefits after grant of  patent:

  • A  patent  is an exclusive right to  exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a  patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the  invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a  patent  for an  invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention  commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the  patent, it may be a sales asset. The  patent  can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
×

Europæisk patentansøgning (EP)

If you want to get a  patent  in a number of European countries, you have the option of filing one European  patent application  directly with  the European Patent Office  (EPO).

×
Est. total cost (excl. annual fees)
The estimated total cost will cover costs for all countries which you have selected.

The amount consists of fees (excl. annual fees), professional consultation costs, translations, etc. for a simple 15-page application with 10 claims within the mechanical field.

You should be aware of the fact that costs are paid on an ongoing basis throughout the application process, and are therefore not due on the day when you apply for a patent. In the calculator you can see when specific costs are due during the application period.

Annual fees
In addition, the calculator will provide you with an estimated result for the first-year annual fees for the countries which you have selected. In order for your patent to remain in force, you will have to pay an annual fee. Note that most countries operate with increasing annual fees, the longer you maintain the patent.×

Filing a European patent application

When you  file  a European  patent application, all the 38 associated countries are automatically designated.

The benefits of filing a  patent application:

  • A  patent application  is a documentation of your  invention  and consequently you will not need secrecy agreements for the content of the  patent applicationwhen you are negotiating with business partners.
  • The  application  documents the point in time when the  invention  was made, which means that it is damaging to the  novelty  of subsequent  applications and can thereby prevent others from protecting an identical technology.
  • The  application  can be a negotiating asset in collaborations with other companies.
  • The  application  may be a financing asset for the bank and other co-financing sources.
  • An  application  signals that the company is at the technological forefront, which can be used in a PR context.
×

Payment of designation, search and examination and any extension fees

You must pay fees for search and examination to the EPO as well as a designation fee for the 38 associated countries. The extension fee is a designation fee for a number of states outside the EPO that recognize the EPO's  casework, which you can therefore designate.

×

Possible processing and approval of a European application

The EPO performs  patentability assessment and finalises the  application. This means that you will have identical  patents in all countries. When the  patentability of the application has been assessed, there will typically be some correspondence between the authority and your  consultantconcerning,  e.g.  amendment of claims.

×

Validation and translation of a European patent

This expense covers the cost of translation and validation in the countries in which you want the  patent  to be valid.

×

Publication fee

A publication fee must be paid in connection with the grant of patent.

Benefits after grant of patent:

  • A patent is an exclusive right to exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a patent for an invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the patent, it may be a sales asset. The patent can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
×

Renewal fees

Once you have been granted a patent in the various countries, renewal fees must be paid in order to ensure the patent stays in force.

Benefits after grant of patent:

  • A patent is an exclusive right to exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a patent for an invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the patent, it may be a sales asset. The patent can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
×

International ansøgning (PCT) → EP, NA, NA

If you want to obtain a  patent  in a many of countries, you can  file  an international  application  (PCT) directly with an international  patent  authority. The PCT  application  then enters the national phase as national  applications or as a European  application  (EP).

×
Est. total cost (excl. annual fees)
The estimated total cost will cover costs for all countries which you have selected.

The amount consists of fees (excl. annual fees), professional consultation costs, translations, etc. for a simple 15-page application with 10 claims within the mechanical field.

You should be aware of the fact that costs are paid on an ongoing basis throughout the application process, and are therefore not due on the day when you apply for a patent. In the calculator you can see when specific costs are due during the application period.

Annual fees
In addition, the calculator will provide you with an estimated result for the first-year annual fees for the countries which you have selected. In order for your patent to remain in force, you will have to pay an annual fee. Note that most countries operate with increasing annual fees, the longer you maintain the patent.×

Filing the PCT application

When you  file  a  patent application  with the PCT, all the 142 associated countries are automatically designated.

The benefits of filing a  patent application:

  • A  patent application  is a documentation of your  invention  and consequently you will not need secrecy agreements for the content of the  patent applicationwhen you are negotiating with business partners.
  • The  application  documents the point in time when the  invention  was made, which means that it is damaging to the  novelty  of subsequent  applications and can thereby prevent others from protecting an identical technology.
  • The  application  can be a negotiating asset in collaborations with other companies.
  • The  application  may be a financing asset for the bank and other co-financing sources.
  • An  application  signals that the company is at the technological forefront, which can be used in a PR context.
×

Search and examination and patentability assessment

The costs cover the correspondence concerning  patentability between the PCT authority and your  consultant.

×

Any amendment of the PCT application

When the  patentability of the  application  has been assessed and it can enter the national phase, there will be correspondence between the authority and your  consultant  concerning,  e.g.  amendment of claims.

×

National phase of the PCT application via EPO

31 Months after filing the PCT  application, you must file your  patent applicationas a European  application  with  the European Patent Office  (EPO).

×

National phase of the PCT application outside EPO

31 Months after filing the PCT  application, you must file your  patent applicationin the countries outside of Europe, where you want to obtain  protection  for your  invention.

×

Processing/granting in national countries

There may be formal and technical amendments and/or clarifications required in the  applications before these can be granted.

×

Processing/granting in the EPO

Just as there can be formal and technical amendments and/or clarifications that must be made in the  application  when filing a national  application, so also can there be with the EP  application.

×

Validation and translation of a European patent

This expense covers the cost of translation and validation in the European countries in which you want the  patent  to be valid.

×

Publication fee

A publication fee must be paid in connection with the grant of patent.

Benefits after grant of patent:

  • A patent is an exclusive right to exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a patent for an invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the patent, it may be a sales asset. The patent can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
×

Publication fee

Once you have been granted a patent in the various countries, renewal fees must be paid in order to ensure the patent stays in force.

Benefits after grant of patent:

  • A patent is an exclusive right to exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a patent for an invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the patent, it may be a sales asset. The patent can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
×

DK → International ansøgning (PCT) → NA, NA

If you want to get a  patent  for your  invention  in many countries outside Europe, you can start by filing a national  application, and then  file  it as a PCT  application within 12 months. The PCT  application  must subsequently be filed as national  applications.

×
Est. total cost (excl. annual fees)
The estimated total cost will cover costs for all countries which you have selected.

The amount consists of fees (excl. annual fees), professional consultation costs, translations, etc. for a simple 15-page application with 10 claims within the mechanical field.

You should be aware of the fact that costs are paid on an ongoing basis throughout the application process, and are therefore not due on the day when you apply for a patent. In the calculator you can see when specific costs are due during the application period.

Annual fees
In addition, the calculator will provide you with an estimated result for the first-year annual fees for the countries which you have selected. In order for your patent to remain in force, you will have to pay an annual fee. Note that most countries operate with increasing annual fees, the longer you maintain the patent.×

Filing a national patent application

A national  patent application  must be filed with the national  patent  office. You can  file  your  application  by mail, fax, or electronically via the website of the Danish  Patent  and  Trademark  Office. In addition, you can choose whether to  file  your  application  in Danish or English. If you choose to  file  your  application  in English, it will save having to translate your  application, should you at a later date wish to  file  your  application  in the European or international  patent  system.

The benefits of filing a  patent application:

  • A  patent application  is a documentation of your  invention  and consequently you will not need secrecy agreements for the content of the  patent applicationwhen you are negotiating with business partners.
  • The  application  documents the point in time when the  invention  was made, which means that it is damaging to the  novelty  of subsequent  applications and can thereby prevent others from protecting an identical technology.
  • The  application  can be a negotiating asset in collaborations with other companies.
  • The  application  may be a financing asset for the bank and other co-financing sources.
  • An  application  signals that the company is at the technological forefront, which can be used in a PR context.
×

Any amendment of the patent application

When you have  filed your national  patent application, it will be put through a formalities check. When these are in order, the case will be forwarded to an examiner in the relevant authority, who is responsible for the technical examination. After this, the relevant authority will write to you concerning any amendment of your  application  with a view to getting it approved.

×

Filing the PCT application

When you  file  a  patent application  with the PCT, all the 142 associated countries are automatically designated.

×

Search and examination and patentability assessment

The costs cover the correspondence concerning  patentability between the PCT authority and your  consultant.

×

Any amendment of the PCT application

The PCT authority performs a search and examination to see if the  invention  is new and differs significantly from the prior art, and makes an assessment of thepatentability of your  invention. When the  patentability of the  application  has been assessed and it can enter the national phase, there will be correspondence between the authority and your  consultant  concerning,  e.g.  amendment of claims.

×

Filing the PCT application outside the EPO

19 months after filing the PCT  application, i.e. 31 months after filing the national application, you must file your  patent application  with the countries where you want to obtain  protection  of your  invention.

×

Processing/granting in national countries

Just as there can be formal and technical amendments and/or clarifications that must be made in the  application  when filing a national  application, so also can there be with the  applications filed in other countries.

×

Publication fee

A publication fee must be paid in connection with the grant of patent.

Benefits after grant of patent:

  • A patent is an exclusive right to exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a patent for an invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the patent, it may be a sales asset. The patent can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
×

Renewal fees

If your patent application is approved, you will be notified that the patent can be granted. You must also pay renewal fees regularly (from the date of filing). Renewal fees are due for payment once a year in the month in which the application was filed. All fees are to be paid in advance. However, the fees for the first two years are first due for payment together with the fees for the third year, i.e. after approximately two years. Payment of the annual renewal fee for the EP application starts on the date of the third-year annuity, as calculated from the date of filing.

Benefits after grant of patent:

  • A patent is an exclusive right to exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a patent for an invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the patent, it may be a sales asset. The patent can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
×

International application (PCT) → NA, NA

If you want to obtain a patent in a many of countries, you can file an international application (PCT) directly with an international patent authority. The PCT application then enters the national phase as national applications.

×
Est. total cost (excl. annual fees)
The estimated total cost will cover costs for all countries which you have selected.

The amount consists of fees (excl. annual fees), professional consultation costs, translations, etc. for a simple 15-page application with 10 claims within the mechanical field.

You should be aware of the fact that costs are paid on an ongoing basis throughout the application process, and are therefore not due on the day when you apply for a patent. In the calculator you can see when specific costs are due during the application period.

Annual fees
In addition, the calculator will provide you with an estimated result for the first-year annual fees for the countries which you have selected. In order for your patent to remain in force, you will have to pay an annual fee. Note that most countries operate with increasing annual fees, the longer you maintain the patent.×

Filing the PCT application

When you  file  a  patent application  with the PCT, all the 142 associated countries are automatically designated.

The benefits of filing a  patent application:

  • A  patent application  is a documentation of your  invention  and consequently you will not need secrecy agreements for the content of the  patent applicationwhen you are negotiating with business partners.
  • The  application  documents the point in time when the  invention  was made, which means that it is damaging to the  novelty  of subsequent  applications and can thereby prevent others from protecting an identical technology.
  • The  application  can be a negotiating asset in collaborations with other companies.
  • The  application  may be a financing asset for the bank and other co-financing sources.
  • An  application  signals that the company is at the technological forefront, which can be used in a PR context.
×

Search and examination and patentability assessment

The costs cover the correspondence concerning  patentability between the PCT authority and your  consultant.

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Any amendment of the PCT application

When the  patentability of the  application  has been assessed and it can enter the national phase, there will be correspondence between the authority and your  consultant  concerning,  e.g.  amendment of claims.

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Filing the PCT application outside the EPO

31 Months after filing the PCT  application, you must file your  patent applicationin the countries outside of Europe, where you want to obtain  protection  for your  invention.

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Processing/granting in national countries

There may be formal and technical amendments and/or clarifications required in the  applications before these can be granted.

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Publication fee

A publication fee must be paid in connection with the grant of patent.

Benefits after grant of patent:

  • A patent is an exclusive right to exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a patent for an invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the patent, it may be a sales asset. The patent can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
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Renewal fees

Once you have been granted a patent in the various countries, renewal fees must be paid in order to ensure the patent stays in force.

Benefits after grant of patent:

  • A patent is an exclusive right to exploit an invention commercially. This means that if you have a patent, it is only you who may produce, sell or import the invention. It can provide you with important competitive advantages, because if you have a patent for an invention, it is you who determines who may exploit theinvention commercially.
  • Even if you do not use the patent, it may be a sales asset. The patent can possibly give you licensing revenues, which can be a lucrative way to increase the earnings from your idea.
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Basis for calculation
The total cost is calculated as the sum of the prices and fees, as specified on the timeline. Annual fees to patent offices are not included in the total costs.

Some of the costs specified on the timeline will vary in accordance with the selected number of countries. The calculation does not take discounts and saved costs into account, e.g. re-utilizing already prepared material. The result will therefore be subject to a degree of uncertainty. The more countries you choose, the greater the uncertainty. It is therefore important that you seek advice from a consultant in order to get a more accurate idea of what it will actually cost you to patent your invention.

Example of a calculation:
Selection:
• The application is filed in Denmark
• 2 countries in the EPO
• 1 country outside the EPO
• 0 PPH countries

Est. total cost:
(1) Filing the Danish application DKK 60,000
+ (2) Amendment of the patent application DKK 10,000 - 20,000
+ (3) Filing the national patent applications DKK 25,000 - 30,000 x 3 countries
(4) Amendment of the Danish application DKK 5,000
+ (5) Amendment of the national applications DKK 30,000 x 3 countries
+ (6) Publication fee DKK 1,500 x 4 countries (incl. DK)
= DKK 246,000 - 271,000

Annual fees:
(7) Annual fees DKK 3,000 x 4 countries (incl. DK)
= DKK 12,000
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The EPO countries

Below are the countries, which have acceded to the EPC, and thus the countries that are referred to as the EPO countries in this tool. Check off the countries in which you would like to apply for a patent.

Albanien
Belgien
Bulgarien
Cypern
Danmark
Makedonien (FYROM)
Estland
Finland
Frankrig
Grækenland
Irland
Island
Italien
Kroatien
Letland
Liechtenstein
Litauen
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Nederlandene
Norge
Polen
Portugal
Rumænien
San Marino
Schweiz
Serbien
Slovakiet
Slovenien
Spanien
Storbritannien
Sverige
Tjekkiet
Tyrkiet
Tyskland
Ungarn
Østrig

Herudover anerkender Bosnien Herzegovina og Montenegro ansøgninger fra EPO.

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