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  • International Country Code:

    EP
  • Time Zone:

    UTC/GMT +01:00
  • Currency:

    Euro (EUR)

European PCT regional stage entry

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  • Patent fees

Fees associated with European PCT regional phase entry as well as other patent fees are available in the fee calculator.

  • Time limits for the European regional phase entry

The PCT application should enter into the European regional stage within 31 months from the priority date. This term may be extended for two months by paying the fine.

  • Minimum requirements for obtainment of a filing date

Request to grant a patent, a copy of the international application.

  • Language of the European patent application

The language of the proceedings is one of the official languages of the European Patent Office (English, German, and French). If the European PCT national stage entry application was filed in any other language, the translation of the application into one of the EPO official languages must be submitted at the time of the regional phase entry or within two months from the EPO notification provided that a corresponding fee is paid. After the decision to grant a patent is issued, the patent claims must be translated into two other official languages.

  • Power of Attorney

The original of the Power of Attorney must be provided within two months from the receipt of an Official Communication. No legalization and notarization are required.

  • Request for patent search

A patent search is the obligatory stage in the course of European Patent granting procedure. It should be requested within 31 months from the priority date.

  • Substantive examination request

A request to conduct a substantive examination of the European patent application should be filed within 31 months from the priority date. 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 calculated from the date of filing of the application. Annual fees may be paid within six months after the due date on condition of payment of a surcharge.

  • 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 and paying the fees.

  •  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 15.01.2018
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with European IP Laws

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