Maintaining a patent & renewals
In most countries it is necessary to pay periodic ‘renewal’ fees to maintain an application for a standard patent and any patent granted on it.
We are one of the few firms in Australia and NZ to have retained a specialist renewals department. This enables our firm to shop around for the best renewal rates outside of Australia and NZ for our clients, and we can match or better the renewal rates for Australia, NZ or other countries offered by the larger patent renewal agencies.
In Australia annual fees are due on or before the fourth anniversary of the filing date of the complete application for a standard patent (the second anniversary for an innovation patent), and annually thereafter.
In NZ, annual fees are due on years 4, 7, 10 and 13 from filing, payable after grant.