Can the annual fees be paid directly without the help of an expert in patents?
It is practice that the offices dealing with the filing of the patent applications, subsequently also keep constantly updated their clients on all the renewal dates as they fall due, amongst which the payment of the annual fees for maintaining the validity of the patent itself.
This is a very important service as the owner of the patent either does not know certain expiry dates or is likely to forget, with very damaging consequences as, if some fees are not paid, the patent lapses and loses its value without any possibility of recovery. Obviously, as all the services, this has a charge that clients must pay but usually they gladly do it for the advantages they receive.
In any case it is possible to directly pay the fees without incurring these consultancy charges. To do this it is necessary to go to the Patent Office at the Chamber of Commerce, and ask for the list of fees according to the type of patent we have (invention, utility model, or design or model registration). On the list the annual fee is reported, variable depending on the year, and it also explain how the payment must be done: in fact, it is not at all complicated as it is a matter of just compiling a form of a postal current account.