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Validation of European Patent

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Detailed information related to the European Patent.

  • Translation 

European patents are automatically valid in the territory of France and no validation request or translation of the patent specification is required.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

It is not required to assign a French registered attorney. However, it is highly recommended to appoint a local French attorney as an "Address for Service" for receiving, interpreting, and handling any communication from the French Patent Office on behalf of the applicant.

  • Maintenance fees

Annual fees are due each year starting from the 2nd one and should be paid before the expiry of the last day of the month containing the anniversary of the date of filing of the patent application. Annuities can be paid up to one year before the due date. Late payment of annual fees is possible within a six-month grace period, subject to payment of a corresponding surcharge.

  • Validation fees

The fees associated with validation of a European patent in France are available in the fee calculator.

The above information was verified on 08.02.2024
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with French IP Laws