Denmark, Finland, Norway & Sweden: Scandinavian Patent Renewal Guide

Renewal Procedure and Patent Renewal Fees at the four (distinct) patent offices of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

An informational summary of the patent renewal rules in place for Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish patents.

 

 

Scandinavian Commonalities

These four Scandinavian countries have the same basic renewal rules, as detailed below.

 

Renewal Years

In all the above countries, fees are due throughout the patent’s whole lifetime – from the very first day of filing the application, through to when the patent is granted. The first three years of renewal fees are payable upon application.

From year four onwards, fees become due annually.

 

Renewal Dates & Payment Windows

The renewal becomes due at the end of the month that holds the anniversary of the filing date of the patent. Payments are made for the upcoming year of the patent’s life. For example, if a patent was filed on 9th August five years ago, the renewal date for the national patent in each of Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway is the same: on 31st August (the end of the month of the fifth anniversary), the fee for year six is due.

Payments can be made up to three months in advance of the renewal date across all four countries.

 

Late Payments

It is permitted to make a late payment after the payment window has ended and still avoid the lapse of a patent. This requires the payment of the renewal fee, along with an additional 20% of that renewal fee, as a penalty. The late payment grace period lasts for six months from the missed renewal date.

 

European Applications

As usual, if the original application was made through the European Patent Office (EPO), fees are not due to each of the country offices until after grant. During the application stage, fees are paid to the EPO only.

Renewal Fee Schedules

Each country has it’s own renewal fee levels, so these are detailed separately below.

 

Denmark’s Renewal Fee Schedule

Fees are in DKK.

For Patent YearBasic Renewal Fee
41100
51250
61400
71600
81800
92050
102300
112550
122800
133050
143300
153600
163900
174200
184500
194800
205100

 

Finland’s Renewal Fee Schedule

Fees are in EUR.

For Patent YearBasic Renewal Fee
4125
5150
6200
7250
8300
9350
10400
11450
12500
13550
14600
15650
16700
17750
18800
19850
20900

 

Norway’s Renewal Fee Schedule

Fees are in NOK.

For Patent YearBasic Renewal Fee
41350
51650
62000
72200
82550
92850
103200
113500
123850
134200
144500
154850
165200
175500
185800
196200
206500

 

Sweden’s Renewal Fee Schedule

Fees are in SEK.

For Patent YearBasic Renewal Fee
41000
51300
61600
71800
82200
92500
102800
113100
123400
133800
144100
154400
164700
175000
185400
195700
206000