is an essential step towards the integration of the worldwide unified patent system. With one unique European patent (EP) application, drafted in only one official language (English, French or German) and filed in one filing office, the steps of the grant procedure (publication and examination of the application) can be unified. Once granted by the European Patent Office ( EPO ), the EP becomes a bundle of national patents in accordance with the designations chosen by the Applicant at the filing date.
The aim is to make the protection of inventions in the member countries
cheaper and more reliable by creating a single procedure for the grant
European Patent Convention (EPC) member countries (October, 2002) are:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria , Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco,
Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Switzerland (incl.
Liechtenstein), United Kingdom.
Why European Patent?
FAQ about European Patents
Do I need a attorney to file a EP application?An application for a EP can be made directly by you, or you can authorise a European Patent Attorney to make the application on your behalf. However, those who are not residents in a member country must appoint a qualified representative in one of the member countries... Read more about applying for European Patent.
Do I need only one patent for all of the member countries?The EPC allows an applicant to file at the EPO a single application, in English, indicating which of the member countries the application is intended to cover. The application passes through centralised search and examination stages but, upon grant, is converted into a national patent in each of the member countries originally indicated on filing of the application.
Grant ProcedureFollowing notification of the official grant date from the EPO, the applicant has a three month period within which to confirm the member countries in which the patent is to have effect. These countries must be chosen from the list originally indicated on filing.
Within this three month period a translation of the patent is filed at the national office of each chosen member country and a representative is appointed in that country to oversee the national procedure. Read more about grant procedure of European Patent.
DurationA EP lasts for a maximum period of 20 years from the filing date of the application. Maintenance fees are due on the application annually from the 2nd anniversary of the filing date. Following grant of the patent, annual renewal fees are due on each of the resulting national patents.
The most frequenty asked question: How much EP costs?Please read approximately costs of European Patent
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