Asia Patent Alliance

A method to reduce cost for patent annuities

In order to maintain a patent right it is necessary to remit maintenance fees to the patent office every year. The table below shows the maintenance fees for each year in Japan, Korea and China. In Japan and Korea these fees are calculated based on the number of claims. In the latter half of the patent duration period these fees tend to increase to large sums. Furthermore, in Japan and Korea it is required to pay the annuities for the 1st to 3rd year at the time of registration.

Japan

Period

Basic Fee

Additional fee per claim

Year 1 to 3

2300 Yen

200 Yen

Year 4 to 6

7100 Yen

500 Yen

Year 7 to 9

21400 Yen

1700 Yen

Year 10 to 25

61600 Yen

4800 Yen



Korea

Period

Basic Fee

Additional fee per claim

Year 1 to 3

15000 Won

13000 Won

Year 4 to 6

40,000 Won

22,000 Won

Year 7 to 9

100,000 Won

38,000 Won

Year 10 to 12

240,000 Won

55,000 Won

Year 13 to 25

360,000 Won

55,000 Won



China

Period

Fee

Year 1 to 3

900 RMB

Year 4 to 6

1200 RMB

Year 7 to 9

2000 RMB

Year 10 to 12

4000 RMB

Year 13 to 15

6000 RMB

Year 16 to 20

8000 RMB



In Japan and Korea there is a method to decrease the maintenance fees. It is possible to delete a part of the claims if they are not necessary. If a certain time has passed since the invention was made and you consider some claims as unnecessary you can aim for a cost reduction by deletion of these claims. For example if a Japanese patent has 30 claims and half of them are deleted, from the 10th year you can save 72,000 Yen each year. The APA handles all matters from patent and utility model filing to patent management (payment of maintenance fees) in Japan, China and Korea. We would be glad to handle your IP related matters in Asia.