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  • International Country Code:

    EP
  • Time Zone:

    UTC/GMT +01:00
  • Currency:

    Euro (EUR)

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  • Patent fees

Fees associated with filing the European patent applications, as well as other patent fees, are available in the fee calculator.

  • The term for filing patent application with the EPO

The deadline for filing a patent application with the EPO claiming priority is 12 months from the date of priority. This term may be extended for two months from the missed deadline.

  • Minimum requirements to obtain a date of filing

Description in any language (no claims are needed), information on the applicant(s), request to grant a patent.

  • Language of the European Patent application

An application for European Patent may be filed in any language but the translation of the application into one of the EPO official language, namely in English, French or German, must be submitted within two months from the filing date. After the decision to grant a patent is issued, the patent claims must be translated into two other official languages.

  • Power of Attorney

A copy of the Power of Attorney is sufficient to obtain the date of filing.  No legalization and notarization are required.

  • Priority document

A certified copy of the priority document must be submitted within 16 months from the date of priority.

  • Request for patent search

A patent search is the obligatory stage in the course of European Patent granting procedure. It should be requested at the time of filing of the European patent application.

  • Substantive examination request

A request to conduct a substantive examination of the European patent application should be filed within six months from the publication of the search report. It is possible to request accelerated examination under PPH under certain circumstances.

  • Grant and patent maintenance fees

The official grant fee must be paid within four months from the EPO communication. Annuities apply to pending applications and are due from the third year and each subsequent year calculated from the date of filing. Annual fees may be paid within six months after the due date on condition of payment of a surcharge.

  • Novelty grace period

The European Patent legislation provides a six-month novelty grace period. If disclosure due to an evident abuse in relation to the applicant or his legal predecessor, or due to display at an official or officially recognised international exhibition took place within said period, it will not disprove the novelty of the invention.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

Applicants who do not reside or have a principal place of business in any of the European Convention Contracting States must appoint a representative and act through him in all proceedings before the EPO other than in filing European patent application.

  •  Notes

1. Online Database for European Patents (EP) Search.
2. Protection of utility models is not possible under the European Patent Convention.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by Mikhailyuk, Sorokolat & Partners on 04.03.2019
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with European IP Laws

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