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Validation of European Patent

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Detailed information related to the European Patent.

  • Translation 

According to the London Agreement, European Patent Application is automatically valid in Germany. Therefore, a separate Validation request is not mandatory.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

No representation by a German registered attorney is required. However, foreign applicants are required to appoint a local German attorney as an "Address for Service" for receiving, interpreting, and handling any communication from the German Patent Office on behalf of the applicant.

  • Maintenance fees

Annual fees are due each year starting from the 3rd one and should be paid before the expiry of the last day of the month in which the anniversary of the filing date occurs. However, it is possible to pay the annual fee in advance but not earlier than 12 months before the due date. If the fee is not paid before the expiry of the second month from the due date, it may be paid together with a surcharge of EUR 50 before the expiry of the sixth month from the due date.

  • Validation fees

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

The above information was verified on 13.02.2024
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with German IP Laws