Renew your GB patent or European patent (UK) online.

When to renew

You must renew your patent on the fourth anniversary of when you filed for it. You then need to renew every year near the ‘due date’ - the last day of the month in which you first filed.

You can renew up to 6 months after the due date.

Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), until 31 March 2021 you will not have to pay late payment fees if you renew your patent after the due date.

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You need:

  • your patent number - starting ‘GB’ or ‘EP
  • a debit or credit card, or an Intellectual Property Office (IPO) deposit account
  • an email address - you’ll be emailed your certificate of payment

Renewal fees

You can renew your patent for up to a maximum of 20 years.

Year Renewal fee 5th £70 6th £90 7th £110 8th £130 9th £150 10th £170 11th £190 12th £220 13th £260 14th £300 15th £360 16th £420 17th £470 18th £520 19th £570 20th £610

You’ll pay any late payment fees when you renew.

When you renew your patent online, you can ask the IPO to email you a reminder a month before the next due date.

If you do not renew your patent on time, the IPO will send you a reminder by post. They’ll use the last address you provided. If you want it to be sent to a new or different postal address, you should write to the IPO or renew by post.

Patents granted later than 3 years and 9 months after the filing date

Your first renewal is due 3 months after your patent was granted. You’ll need to pay the fee by the last day of that month.

You may also have to pay multiple fees that cover more than one renewal year when you pay your first renewal fee.

You can visit a regional Patent Information centre (or Patent Library) if you need help renewing a patent online.

Renew by post

Fill in the renewal form and post it. The address is on the form.

Renew by phone

Intellectual Property Office
Telephone: 0300 300 2000
From outside the UK: +44 (0)1633 814 000
Textphone: 0300 0200 015
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
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