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Detailed information related to the European Patent.

  • Translation into Spanish

A translation into Spanish of the complete patent specification is required. This translation must be provided within three months after the date on which the mention of the grant, or the decision to maintain the patent as amended, is published in the European Patent Bulletin.

  • Validation fees

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

  • Maintenance fees

Annual maintenance fees are payable for each year starting from the third one. Annuities become due on the last day of the month in which the date of filing occurred, and are payable from the day following the due date, with a three month period in which it may be paid. Late payment is possible with a 25% surcharge, if paid within 3 months of the expiry of the time limit, and 50% if paid within 6 months from the expiry.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

For foreign applicants, it is recommended to perform the validation of a European patent in Spain through an agent, a registered Spanish patent attorney. A non-legalized Power of Attorney is required in Spain. It must be submitted simultaneously with filing. Late filing is possible by paying the surcharge.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by VILCHES Y ASOCIADOS on 18.03.2024
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with Spanish IP Laws.