New Official Fees for Divisional Applications
From 1 April 2014, second and subsequent generation divisional applications (i.e. applications divided out from a first, or later, divisional application) will be subject to the following additional fees:
|• second generation divisional application:
|• third generation divisional application:
|• fourth generation divisional application:
|• fifth and later generation divisional applications:
• Any second or subsequent generation divisional applications should be filed before 1 April 2014 to avoid the new fees.
• From 1 April 2014, it may be particularly advantageous to file divisional applications at an earlier point in time, because applications divided directly from the original parent application will avoid the new fees.
• Early filing of any divisional application remains advantageous in general terms, since it reduces the number of back renewal fees that must be paid for the application; the new schedule of fees increases renewal fees by approximately 4.5%.