On 19 November 2020, the Legal Services Board approved IPReg's application for no increase of the 2021 practice fees.
The Practice Fee Regulations 2020 set out the fees that attorneys and registered and licensed entities must pay to remain on either or both of the patent attorney register and trade mark attorney register in 2021.
Attorneys should note two changes made to the 2020 regulations:
- A fee waiver application process for individual attorneys and sole traders / firms adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic (see Regulation 6)
- An increase to the late payment fee for practice fees paid after 1 March 2021, to 50% of the fee owed up to a maximum of £200 (see Regulation 3)
Fees are not pro-rated but will be waived for the 2020 practice year if an application for registration is received on or after 1 November 2020.
Approvals of HoLP, HoFA, Managers and Non-Attorney/Lawyer Owners: Generally the fee for approval of a HoLP, HoFA, Manager or Non-Attorney/Lawyer Owner will be £200 per application, except in cases that are not straightforward. For more information please see Appendix 5 to IPReg’s Licensing Authority Application to the Legal Services Board.
Refunds: we do not, except in the case of an administrative error, refund practice fees.