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The European Patent Office (EPO) have announced that the official fees charged for European patent applications will be increasing from 1 April 2016. Although some official fees remain unchanged, most are increasing by around 1-2% (which is a relatively small increase compared to those introduced by the EPO in the past). More details of the fee increases can be found here. If you would like to file a case early to secure the slightly lower rates, or make a fee payment early on an existing case, please contact your normal J A Kemp attorney.