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Unitary patent distribution key agreed, 17 November 2015


The EPO Select Committee adopted the distribution key, which apportions the 50% share of the Unitary patent renewal fees amongst the participating EU Member States, whereas the other half of which is to be retained by the EPO.

During the initial period of operation, the 50% of the fees (minus an adminis-trative charge) will be distributed in accordance with an allocation formula that regards the gross domestic product and the number of applications filed from each participating Member State.