The Minister of Economy and Trade has finally issued a Ministerial Decree No. 410, dated 2 December 2014 and circulated on 12 January 2015, in which the official fees for patent matters have been promulgated. The Decree takes immediate effect. The Decree stipulates that official patent filing fees must be paid when filing a patent application, and that late payments are no longer accepted.

We understand that the fees for applications filed before Decree No. 410 came into effect, for which the official fees have not yet been paid, will be called for by the Patent Office in the near future.