In October 2013, we reported that the EPO had removed the time limits for filing divisonal applications. An outstanding detail at that time was the level of the fees that would be levied for filing second or any subsequent generation divisional applications. Those fees, which are payable in addition to the filing fee, have now been announced:
Additional fee for a divisonal application of second generation – €210
Additional fee for a divisonal application of third generation – €420
Additional fee for a divisonal application of fourth generation – €630
Additional fee for a divisonal application of fifth or any subsequent generation – €840
It seems unlikely that these fees will put applicants off since they already have to pay retrospective renewal fees for divisional applications, which will often swamp the new fees. It would nevertheless be worthwile taking care to file new divisional applications based on the oldest generation earlier application that is still pending to minimise the fees due. The new fees will be payable from 1 April 2014.