Who can pay the annuity?
The patent owner or a person receiving patent can make the annuity payment of patent.
How much should we pay?
Official Fee for Patent (examination request is filed after April 1st, 2004)
|1st to 3rd||2,100 JPY + 200 JPY per claim|
|4th to 6th||6,400 JPY + 500 JPY per claim|
|7th to 9th||19,300 JPY + 1,500 JPY per claim|
|10th to 20th||55,400 JPY + 4,300 JPY per claim|
When can we pay the patent maintenance fee?
From the 1st year to third year, the patentee has to pay all of three years at one time to set up the registration of the patent. From the 4th year, the patentee can pay every year or pay any remaining years at one time, before the due date. There is no window open to pay the maintenance fee, and we may pay all of remaining years at once.
Is there any discount for SMEs and individuals?
The patent owner or a person receiving patent