EPC Patent Application Lifetime Budget Tool

A tool to meet demand, inform and avoid financial surprises.

Clients of our foreign associates frequently ask for an indication of the lifetime cost of an EPC patent application – from filing in the EPO to patent grant and completion of national phase validation formalities.

It is any event useful to provide lay clients with such a cost indication so that they are properly informed.

This Budget Tool enables such cost indications to be given based a model European patent application.


The Budget Tool is intended for IP professionals practising in private practice outside the member states of the European Patent Convention (EPC) or practising in-house in a patent or legal department (together “the Intended IP Professionals”).  By accessing or downloading the tool, you agree to restrict its distribution to Intended IP Professionals, your firm and your firm’s lay clients.

Budget Tool Key Features

We designed the tool to generate an indicative lifetime budget that you can use to help manage client expectations of EPC patent costs. Use the tool to guide your clients to representative costs for EPC patent procurement which:

  • cover the whole journey to its end point of nationally confirmed EPC patent rights
  • include prosecution costs, the cost of paying EPO renewal fees and the formal costs which occur around EPC patent issue.

The base we used is a fixed-model EPC patent application originating in PCT.  But you should find the tool useful for EPC applications in general.

In the figures guided, we included the official fees applicable to the model, our assessed European attorney costs and the expected third party issue-stage costs such as translation.  We organised expenses by Year, with Quarter and Half-Quarter divisions, in order to help your client CFO’s to produce in-house budgets.

We gave the tool an interactive format that:

  • allows you to insert additional costs attributable to your own services
  • permits £sterling and $US inputs and outputs
  • includes a user-variable FX rate field

The tool displays prosecution with 1-office action and 2-office actions.

We provide transparent Assumptions and Advisories so that you can ensure your client has a full picture.

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