How to check patent maintenance fees

Securing a patent is only the beginning of protecting your innovative ideas. What follows is the need to ensure the continued protection of your innovations in maintaining a competitive edge in the market. This means being proactive about managing patent maintenance fees and renewal dates.

In this article, we have elaborated on the steps you can follow to check the due date of your patent’s maintenance fee in various countries. However, while handling a few patents, the task may seem straightforward, but checking the maintenance fee for each of the patents in the set and then renewing all of them becomes increasingly arduous as your portfolio expands. With a huge portfolio, you may be investing in low-quality patents. So, along with your hours, it can bleed your money out on patents that are no longer useful to your company.

So how can you save hours and millions while maintaining patents with high ROI?

One area where we felt clients lose millions of dollars was maintenance fees for low-quality patents. So we developed a simple tool to help reduce their burden of analyzing all the patents due for maintenance.

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However, if you still prefer the manual process and want to know the patent maintenance fees for each of your patents, here is our step-by-step guide to check patent maintenance fee dates in 10 countries.

1. How to Check China Patent Maintenance Fee?

  • To check the China patent maintenance fees,  open the website https://cponline.cnipa.gov.cn/ 
  • Next, you will need to register using an official email ID.
  • Once the registration process is complete, click the “Patent Affairs Service” tab and choose “Fee reduction filling” from the options provided.
  • You’ll be redirected to a new page. Select the “Bill Payment Service” tab, then click “Patent Fee Inquiry.”
  • In the “Application No./Patent No.” search box, enter your application number without any dots (.). For instance, if your application number is “201110185322.4,” input it as “2011101853224.”
  • Now, you’ll be able to view the annual patent maintenance fee for your application.

2. How to know the US Patent Maintenance Fees?

  • To check the US Patent maintenance fees and the date, you need to visit this website: https://fees.uspto.gov/MaintenanceFees
  • Fill in the patent and application numbers, then click the “Continue” button.

  • You will get the annual patent maintenance fee for your application.

3. How to Check the EU Patents Maintenance Fee?

  • To extract the European Patent maintenance fee along with the date, visit the website: https://worldwide.espacenet.com/
  • In the search bar, type the patent number to look for its details.
  • After that, click on the “Register” option.
  • In the screenshot below, you can see all the European country’s information.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page to get your patent’s annual maintenance fee date.

4. How to Check France Patent Maintenance Fees?

  • To check the patent maintenance fee date for applications in France, you need to visit this website: https://data.inpi.fr
  • Perform a simple search by typing the patent number in the search box.
  • Click on the patent from the displayed result to reach the “Description” tab.
  • Scroll to the bottom to see the France Patent Maintenance Fees date.

5. How to Check the UK Patent Maintenance Fees?

  • To check the maintenance fee date for patents in the UK, you need to visit this website: https://www.ipo.gov.uk/p-ipsum/
  • Add the patent number in the search bar to see the details of the UK Patent Maintenance Fees.
  • Once you click on “Go,” you can get your application’s annual maintenance fee date.

6. How to Check Germany Patent Maintenance Fees?

7. How to Check Netherlands Patent Maintenance Fees?

  • Scroll toward the end of the next page to get your application’s annual maintenance fee.

8. How to Check Japan Patent Maintenance Fees?

  • To check the maintenance fee date for patents in Japan, you need to visit this website: https://www.j-platpat.inpit.go.jp/s0100
  • You must add the Publication number to see the Japan Patent Maintenance Fees.
  • Click on the “Process Info” option to be directed to the next page.
  • By scrolling to the bottom of the page, You can get the annual maintenance fee for your application.

9. How to Check Hong Kong Patents Maintenance Fee?

  • To check the Hong Kong Patent maintenance fee date, visit the website: https://esearch.ipd.gov.hk/nis-pos-view/#/pt/quicksearch?lang=en
  • You have the option to add an Application number or Patent number.
  • After performing the search, scroll to the bottom of the page to get your application’s annual maintenance fee date.

10. How to Check Australia Patents Maintenance Fee?

  • Results will be displayed on the screen, and you must click on the patent to explore further details.
  • Click “Fee/Publication History” to see the information related to the Australian Patent Maintenance Fees Date. 

After delving into the manual process of checking patent maintenance fees and dates for patents in different countries, imagine doing it for every single patent in your portfolio. Tiring right?

As a result, it becomes crucial to streamline the whole process and get it automated. What if we told you that such a tool is already at your disposal?

GreyB’s Tool – PRUNR will cut short the time you invest in taking out maintenance dates for each asset of yours, and you can simply fill in the form below to experience its power firsthand.

Additionally, if you want a thorough analysis of your patent portfolio before removing any patents, you can click the button below and let the GreyB experts handle it for you. 

This will ensure that you have a complete understanding of your portfolio before making any decisions.

Author By: – Rajesh Kumar, Sachin Singh, and Annie Sharma

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