World Intellectual Property Organization

Fees


Is there a list of all applicable fees on the WIPO website?

Yes. Schedule of Fees and list of individual fees payable when certain Contracting Parties are designated.

Does the WIPO website provide any tool to help me to calculate the amount of fees due?

Yes.  See the Fee Calculator or the International Application Simulator.

How much does an international application cost?

The cost depends on the number of designated Contracting Parties, the number of classes of goods or services required and whether the trademark to be protected is in black and white or in color.

How much does a subsequent designation cost?

The cost depends on the number of subsequently designated Contracting Parties and the number of classes of goods or services required.

How much does a renewal of an international registration cost?

The cost will depend mainly on the number of designated Contracting Parties and the number of classes required.

What are the means of payment to the International Bureau?

Fees may be paid:

  • by debiting a current account opened with the International Bureau;
  • by payment into the WIPO bank account;
  • by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express), where an electronic interface for online payment has been made available by the International Bureau;
  • by payment into the WIPO postal account (payments within Europe only).

Where fees are payable, detailed payment options are set out on the fee calculation sheet of the relevant official form.

When should fees be paid?

In the case of an international application, subsequent designation or request to record a change to an international registration, on the day on which the application, subsequent designation or request was received by the International Bureau. In each of these cases, if the fees are missing, the International Bureau will send a notification of irregularity to the applicant, requesting payment of the fees within three months from the date of the notification of irregularity by the International Bureau.

In the case of renewal of an international registration, renewal fees must actually be in the WIPO bank or postal account on the expiry date of the international registration. If the renewal fees are not paid in due time, they can still be paid - with a surcharge (50% of the amount of the basic fee) - during what is called the “grace period”.

Can payments be made in any currency other than Swiss francs (CHF)?

No.

What does payment of the second part of the individual fee mean?

A Contracting Party governed by the Madrid Protocol may make a declaration that the individual fee to be paid in respect of a designation of that Contracting Party comprises two parts, the first part to be paid at the time of filing the international application or the subsequent designation and the second part to be paid at a later date, which is determined in accordance with the law of that Contracting Party. To date, Japan, Cuba and Ghana have made such a declaration.

When will I receive the notification requesting payment of the second part of the individual fee?

The notifications are generally sent shortly after the national Office has issued its grant of protection or withdrawn its provisional refusal of protection.

I have paid the second part of the individual fee but have received no confirmation. Why?

No confirmation letter is sent. If the fee has been paid by bank transfer and sufficient identification has been provided, the International Bureau will send a receipt. If the fee has been paid by debiting a WIPO current account, the details can be seen on the following month’s statement.

Why must I pay supplementary fees to renew an international registration for which a limitation has been recorded?

The recording of a limitation does not entail the removal of the goods and services concerned from the international registration as recorded in the International Register. The sole effect is that the international registration is no longer protected for the goods and services concerned in the Contracting Parties covered by the limitation. Even if a limitation of the list of goods and services has been recorded for all the designated Contracting Parties, the goods and services which have been the subject of a limitation may later be the subject of a subsequent designation. They are therefore taken into account when calculating any supplementary fees due on renewal.

Are fees refunded by the International Bureau if an international registration is refused by a designated Contracting Party?

No.

Can a current account holder make payments for specific transactions without using the current account?

No. Any payment sent by a current account holder is automatically placed in the current account and fees are debited in chronological order of receipt, by the Finance Department, of requests for transactions to be recorded.

How can I avoid delays attributed to the financial aspects?

Whenever a fee is paid to the International Bureau, the purpose of the payment must be indicated, together with information identifying the name of the applicant or holder and the mark concerned, or the international registration number. If you have a WIPO current account, check that the account number indicated on the form is correct.

How do I request reimbursement if I have overpaid fees for an international application, a subsequent designation or a renewal?

If reimbursement is provided for, you can request it by sending a facsimile (+41.22.734.4693) or an e-mail (income.mark-dm@wipo.int) to the WIPO Finance Department, indicating your bank name, account name, account number (IBAN), international registration number and the reason for reimbursement. 

If I withdraw my application for international registration, will fees be refunded?

On condition that the application for international registration has not yet been recorded in the International Register, the International Bureau will refund all fees paid for that application. 

If I withdraw my request for subsequent designation, will fees be refunded?

On condition that the request for subsequent designation has not yet been recorded in the International Register, the International Bureau will refund all fees paid for that request.

Who do I contact if I have not received a receipt from the International Bureau after having sent a payment?

You can request a receipt by sending a facsimile (+41.22.734.4693) or an e-mail (income.mark-dm@wipo.int) to the WIPO Finance Department, indicating the name of the holder, the mark concerned or the international registration number, the date of payment and the purpose of such payment.

What date is recorded as the receipt date when a payment is received by the International Bureau?

For current account holders the receipt date of payment is recorded on the day a request for an international application, a subsequent designation, a limitation, an instruction to debit the second part of an individual fee, a request for the recording of a change or an instruction to renew an international registration, is received. However, if payment is made not using a current account, the date of recording is that on which the International Bureau’s bank has received payment.

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