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REDUCTION OF PATENT OFFICIAL FEES IN ECUADOR
Since the last increase in the Ecuadorian patent official fees, enacted in 2014, the number of patent applications filed in Ecuador decreased drastically. In addition, a number of social organizations and some foreign entities brought legal actions against such an increase. The claims mainly argued that the approved official fees were higher than those of other Andean Member countries, they were not justified considering the cost of patent services rendered in Ecuador, and that the discounts granted to some national entities were discriminatory to foreign applicants.
According to Resolution 001-2016-CD-IEPI, dated 3 August 2016 and published in the Ecuadorian Official Gazette No. 822 on 19 August 2016, the Ecuadorian Intellectual Property Institute (IEPI) has reduced the official fees for some patent services in Ecuador. The change substantially reduces application and examination fees and the patent annuity fees, as follows:
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