Dumont Bergman Bider & Co., S.C, have informed the Patent Lawyer Magazine that there have been changes in the official fees for patents, utility models and industrial designs. The changes were published on April 26, 2018 and came into force on April 27, 2018.

Filing fees:
Historically, the Patent Office has applied fixed filing fees. As of April 27, 2018, the cost for filing patents and utility models will depend on the number of pages comprised by the application. There will be a basic fee covering an application comprising up to 30 pages. This basic fee will be lower than the previous fixed filing fee. However, each page above 30 will be subject to an extra fee of 70.8 MX$. Pages containing sequence listings will not be counted for calculating filing fees if filed in a data storage device such as a CD-ROM. This change will make it difficult provide exact quotations to clients, as the page count will be done based on the Spanish language text.

Similarly, there will be a basic fee for an industrial design application claiming a single design. Each additional design that may be included in the application will be subject to a fee of 70.8 MX$.

Grant and renewal fees for industrial designs:

Grant and maintenance fees for patents and utility models remain unchanged. Annuities are payable from the grant date. Grant fees for industrial designs now include fees covering five annuities counted from the filing date. Renewals for industrial designs are available by subsequent five-year periods up to a maximum of 25 years. The amount for each renewal is similar to the grant fees and similar to the amount payable for a current five-year maintenance period. Designs granted under the former rules should be maintained following the former quinquennium scheme. When the fifteen-year validity term is expired, these design rights can be renewed as per the new renewal system.

We hope that the above information is useful and remain at your service should you have any question or need additional information.