The annual fee (annuity) is due upon filing of your patent application. The first annual fee is included in the payment of the application fee. However, from the first year onwards, you must pay it on the anniversary date of the filing of the patent application, or at the latest, at the end of the month.
The annual fee must be paid even if the patent has not yet been granted, as non-payment will result in the forfeiture of the patent application.
Timeliness is extremely important to keep your patent and protection in force. It may seem complex but YesMyPatent will take care of all these steps for you! And since we assume that by default you want to keep your patent alive, and to avoid any oversight, our terms and conditions include an automatic renewal without any action on your part. You will receive the confirmation of the renewal as well as our invoice at the latest in the month following the anniversary date of your patent. You wish to give up your patent? No problem, just let us know 3 months before the anniversary date and we will remove it from our system. You will not be invoiced and the patent will naturally enter the public domain without further action.