European Patent is easier and cheaper alternative to obtaining
national patents in the countries which are members of the European
With one unique European patent application, drafted in one of the
official languages (English, French or German) and filed in one
filing office, the steps of the grant procedure can be unified.
Once the European Patent has been granted the
applicant will hold a bundle of up to 26 national patents
in accordance with the designations chosen by the Applicant at the
The aim is to make the protection of inventions in the member
countries cheaper and more reliable by creating a single
procedure for the grant of patents.
The European patent may derive from an independent patent application
or, as a regional patent, from an International patent application:
this is the case of a Euro-PCT.
Member countries are not only the EU countries, but also the other
countries that joined the agreement.
Why European Patent?
Significant cost savings if three or more
European member countries are chosen.
Simpler administration because the application
passes through a single search and examination process in
one language (English, French or German).
The costs of translating the application
into each of the languages of the chosen member countries
are posponed until grant of the patent is obtained.
You pay only one grant fee to the EPO.
Within 9 months from grant of the Patent third parties can file
opposition at the EPO. If the opposition results in the patent
being refused or restricted in scope, this is effective in all
of the member countries chosen.