Patents Filing

A European patent is a document of protection that is issued by the European Patent Organization. The European patent system is based on cooperation between the European Patent Office and the national offices of the Contracting States (List of Contracting States).

The basic idea of the European Patent is the possibility to obtain patent protection in about 50 countries on the basis of a single application filed with the European Patent Office in one of the official languages (such as English, German or French). The registration procedure usually takes 3 years, but it is worth your wait. 

A European patent is an easier and cheaper way to obtain patent protection if a patent is applied for in at least 3-4 European countries.

Advantages of a European patent:

  • Significant cost savings;
  • Simplification of the registration procedure (due to the fact that all the application procedures are in one language). Search, examination and granting of the patent is carried out once).
  • During the validation in several countries of the European Patent Convention the conditions for submitting translations of the application documents into national languages are relaxed (London Agreement)

The stages of obtaining a patent are as follows: 

1. Filing of application (it is submitted to European Patent Office, in official language of course, and must consist of claim statement, description, drawings (if it is necessary) and abstract). Also the substantive examination may be applied for and paid for simultaneously with the filing of the application.

2. The formal examination of the application (at this stage it is determined whether the application meets the formal requirements, and this application is assigned a filing date)

3. Search (performed by the EPO to determine the prior art and novelty of the invention for which a patent is sought). Once the patent search is made, he who claimed the patent receives the answer whether he has a chance to get it and whether he meets the criteria.

4. Publication of the application (applicant has 6 months to file a petition and pay the substantive examination fee)

5 Examination on the merits (the purpose of substantive examination is to find out whether the claimed invention meets the requirements of the European Patent Convention)

6. Decision to grant the patent and its publication

7. Validation (national validations usually take place within three months from the date of publication of the decision on granting a European patent)

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