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Overview of utility model fees

Overview of fees
Type of Fee  Euro 
Application fee  EUR 40 
Search fee (not mandatory for registration)  EUR 250 
1st maintenance fee after 3 years  EUR 210 
2nd maintenance fee after 6 years  EUR 350 
3rd maintenance fee after 8 years  EUR 530 
Request for cancellation  EUR 300 

Detailed fee information

pdf- Datei Information concerning Costs, Fees and Expenses (A9510.1) - list of all fees and expenses

Term of payment

Please make sure that your application fee is received at the DPMA within 3 months from the filing date. Otherwise, your application is deemed to be withdrawn by operation of law. The office will not send out any fee notices.

The maintenance fee is due on the last day of the month in which the respective protection period ends. Then you have two months to pay the due fee without surcharge and a further four months to pay the fee with a surcharge of EUR 50.-. Advance payment is possible, but not earlier than one year before the expiry of the period of protection.

If the maintenance fee is not paid at all, not paid on time or not paid in full the utility model lapses.

How can you pay the fees?

Payments may be made:

  • in cash at the counters of the document receiving service (in the Munich or Jena offices and in the Technical Information Centre in Berlin);
  • by transfer to the account of Bundeskasse Halle/DPMA at Bundesbank München, account no. 700 010 54 (bank sort code: 700 000 00);
  • by (cash) payment for Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt at a national or foreign financial institution into the account of Bundeskasse Halle at Bundesbank München, account no. 700 010 54 (bank sort code: 700 000 00);
  • by direct debiting mandate for an account in Germany. Please use the official form for this purpose.

For each payment the following details must be indicated: the complete file number and the fee number, listed in the schedules of fees (annex to Sec. 2 (1) Patent Costs Act and the annex to Sec. 2 (1) of the Ordinance on the Administrative Costs of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office), and the payer. The fee numbers for all fees and charges are listed in pdf- Datei Information concerning Costs, Fees and Expenses (form A9510.1). Incorrect or incomplete information may delay processing.

Cross-border payments of fees

If you intend to pay fees by transfer from a foreign country, please give the following details:

Beneficiary: Bundeskasse Halle/DPMA
Name of the bank: BBk München (= Munich Branch of Deutsche Bundesbank)
Account number: 700 010 54
Bank sort code: 700 000 00
IBAN: DE84 7000 0000 0070 0010 54

Address of recipient:   Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt
Zweibrückenstrasse 12
80331 München 
Bank address:   Deutsche Bundesbank
Filiale München
Leopoldstraße 234
80807 München 

Bank charges for cross-border payment transactions

Frequently, banks levy charges for the cross-border transfer. These charges are deducted from the original amount paid, so that the amount credited to the account of the DPMA will be lower than the amount due. This may cause considerable legal prejudice for you. In that case your application or your request will be deemed to have been withdrawn, because under the provisions of the Patent Costs Act, the fee will be deemed not to have been paid in full or not to have been paid in due time.

We recommend that you explicitly instruct your bank that all additional transfer and handling charges are charged to you.

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