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Fees for design applications
For an initial term of protection of five years (with publication of the representation of the design):  Amount 
Individual application of a design 
for electronic filing (fee number: 341 000)  60 euros 
for paper-based filing (fee number: 341 100)  70 euros 
Multiple application 
for electronic filing (fee number: 341 200)
- per design  

6 euros
minimum fee: 60 euro 
for paper-based filing (fee number: 341 300)
- per design  

7 euros
minimum fee: 70 euros 
For an initial period of protection of 30 months (deferment of the publication of the representation of the design): 
Individual application of a design (fee number: 341 400)   30 euros 
Multiple application (fee number: 341 500)
- per design 

3 euros
minimum fee: 30 euros 
Examples
Individual application (electronic)   60 euros 
Individual application   70 euros 
Multiple application with 15 designs (electronic)  90 euros 
Multiple application with 15 designs   105 euros 
Individual application if the publication of the representation is deferred   30 euros 
Multiple application with 45 designs if the publication of the representation is deferred   135 euros 

Extension fees
Individual application (fee number: 341 600)  40 euros 
Multiple application (fee number: 341 700)  - per registered design 4 euros
- minimum fee: 40 euros  
Please note: The extension fees must be paid within the deferment period – that means within 30 months from the date of filing (or priority date). 
Renewal fees
For each design registered (also in a multiple registration):  Amount  
for the 6th to the 10th year of protection for each design registered (fee number: 342 100)  90 euros 
for the 11th to the 15th year of protection for each design registered (fee number: 342 200)  120 euros 
for the 16th to the 20th year of protection for each design registered (fee number: 342 300)  150 euros 
for the 21st to the 25th year of protection for each design registered (fee number: 342 400)  180 euros 
Surcharge for late payment for each design registered   50 euros 
Please note: The renewal fees must be paid for the following period of protection (that means after five, ten, 15 and 20 years) until the end of the second month following the month of filing.  
Fees in invalidity proceedings
Application fee for each design registered (fee number: 346 100)  300 euros 

Payment periods and notices

  • After filing your design application you will receive an acknowledgment of receipt with your file number. The DPMA does not send out any invoices or fee notifications.
  • The amount of the fees is communicated to you together with the acknowledgement of receipt. Please note that the payment period starts to run as from the date of filing of the application, that means irrespective of when you receive the acknowledgement of receipt.
  • Please make sure that the application fee is received at the DPMA within three months after the date of filing. Otherwise the application is deemed to be withdrawn by operation of law (Sec. 6(2) Patent Costs Act [Patentkostengesetz]).
  • Application fees are request fees, which are forfeited upon filing the request and payment, irrespective of the outcome of the registration procedure. Application fees cannot be refunded.
  • Initially, the design is protected for five years. At the beginning of the sixth year you have to pay the renewal fees to extend the term of protection to a further five years; you will not receive an invitation to pay the fees.
  • The renewal fee is due on the last day of the month in which the term of protection ends. Then, you have two months to pay the renewal fee without surcharge and a further four months to pay the fee with a surcharge of 50 euros.

When is the renewal fee due? - An example:

The filing date of your design is 15 June 2017. The first renewal fee is due on 30 June 2022. If you have not paid the renewal fee by 31 August 2022 , a surcharge for late payment of 50 euros will be due. Then you will still have time until 31 December 2022 to pay the renewal fee AND the surcharge. If you fail to pay within that last time limit or fail to pay the full amount, design protection will lapse.

  • The day of payment is crucial for the observance of the term of payment. The day of payment depends on the the mode of payment.
  • Advance payment of the renewal fee may be made one year before expiry of the respective term of protection at the earliest.

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Last updated: 17/10/17 

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