French Design Patent Fees and FAQ

French Design Patent Fees
- Clear & Fixed -

French design patent application for one product

- EUR 86 -

Official fee of a colout French design patent – DESSINS ET MODELES.

No hidden fees and it includes publication.

French design application for two products

- EUR 133 -

The images may be in colour or in b&w, this is the statutory fee of colour filings.

 

 

 

French design application for additonal products

- EUR 47 -

This is an additional cost to the fees to the left, it includes colour filings. There is a discount for black and white filings.

French design renewal

- EUR 90 to 180 -

The official government fees are EUR 90 for the first 5 year period, then EUR 120,  150 and finally EUR 180 for the last period.  

Taking over representation at the INPI

- ask for quote -

During or after registration of the French design.

Other French Official Fees
- Design Patent Services -

All fees

You can find the complete list in French at the site of the INPI here

Request to record a change of name or address

There is no government charge for this service at INPI

Assignment of a design registration

The assignment of a French design costs EUR 27 per design as far as the official fees are concerned

Request to record a change of name or address

There is no government charge for this service at INPI, it is for free

FAQ

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?

To file a French design patent application we do not need to file an authorization. However, we need the full name, address, postal code of the applicant. We also need the general name / type of the product and the images.

HOW MANY PICTURES DO I NEED?

The best way to present a French design patent is to have a picture or drawing from top, bottom, left, right, fron, back and a perspective view. This means, generally we use seven pictures or drawings.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST PITFALL FOR French design PATENTs?

The biggest pitfall of them all is lack of novelty. If your competitor or yourself or your manufacturer or your distributor already sell the product. In other words, if you seek French design registration after the product hit the market.  In this case the design patent may not be new at the time of application. Later, this could lead to the cancellation of the design patent. It is important to tell us about this, as it is an important aspect. Please also mention foreign design patent applications, because they need to be coordinated.

HOW LONG IS A FRENCH DESIGN PATENT PROTECTED?

The protection lasts five years and can be renewed four times additionally. We would gladly assist you in the renewal of your design patent. If you want to renew a French design patent, you should consult us in due course. It only makes sense to renew a design if there is a commercial purpose of it. The renewal process is fairly simple, however, close attention must be paid about deadlines and typos.

 

ARE THE ABOVE FEES FOR FRENCH DESIGN PATENTS TAXED?

Of course. The prices are however excluding Value Added Tax. On the other side, the official fees of the INPI do not contain VAT. Besides, there is no VAT obligation if you come from outside of the EU. For our European Union clients we can normally use the so-called reverse charge VAT. We always check the applicability of the reverse charge mechanism in advance. As a consequence, our electronic invoices contain the right amount of VAT (zero % in most of the cases).

 

 

ARE THESE DESIGN FEES FAIR?

As far as we know, the prices for French design patents are quite low. This type of IP right is a real hit these years. The initial investments are low and the registration is very fast. Also, generally speaking, it has been always a good idea to invest in intellectual property. Moreover, the cost of a French design  patent is still much lower than the cost of a European design patent (Registered Community Design – short: RCD). Hence, if you have business in France, for example if you intend to use the amazon brand registry, then a French registration may be ideal. On the other side, if you have business in several European Union Member States, you should consider the EU design patent

CAN YOU GIVE SOME EXAMPLES FOR A DESIGN PATENT WITH DRAWINGS?

The INPI follows the Common Communication on graphic representation of designs
To sum it up: “Show the design from certain directions (angles) and encompass the following views:
front view, top view, bottom view, right side view, left side view, back view and perspective views. The applicant is recommended to file as many views as necessary to fully disclose the features of the design. In some cases one view can be sufficient.” See these examples of RCD No. 007958285-0001.

Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 1
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 3
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 4
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 5
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 6
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 7
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 8

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