European Patent Office (EPO) – patent registration process

Generating an estimate

European Patent Registration & Consulting Services specializes in high-quality, cost-effective and simple registration of patent rights at the European Patent Office (EPO) thereby providing intellectual property protection in Europe.

In order to determine the level of costs for your concrete patent registration inquiry, you can complete the form with details below and we shall send you our estimate together with personally tailored offer on the fees for our involvement and the costs (EPO official fees and expenses) in the procedure for patent prosecution of your invention at EPO.

 

Give us information on your patent application:

Including general information on your already submitted patent application, or in case of interest on submitting new European patent application , general info on your invention or info about your International (PCT) patent application for entry into European regional/national phase and submit us your inquiry.

Additional Information

European Patent Overview

European patents are patents granted under the European Patent Convention (EPC) via a single, harmonized procedure before the European Patent Office (EPO). EPO grants European patent for 38 member countries of the European Patent Organization, after the validation valid in each of the designated European countries as if it was a national patent. The granted European patent can be also validated/extended  in the following 6 additional countries which at present (10.02.2020) are not EPC members (Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro, Morocco, Tunisia, Moldova and Cambodia).

The standard term of a European patent is twenty years as from the date of filing, provided that the annual renewal fees are duly paid.

How to apply for a European patent

The European Patent Office accepts applications under the European Patent Convention (EPC) and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

A European patent application consists of:

  • a request for patent grant

  • a description of the invention

  • patent claims

  • patent drawings (if any)

  • patent abstract.

Patent applications can be filed at the EPO in any language. The official languages of the EPO are English, French and German. If the patent application is not filed in one of these languages, a translation has to be submitted. Services of a European professional representative are mandatory only for applicants residing outside Europe.

The most of the US patents, Japanese patents and other overseas patents are registered/protected in Europe by using PCT way.

What can be patented in Europe as European Patent?

Any inventions in all fields of technology that are new, involve an inventive step and are susceptible of industrial application. (Some exceptions to patentability are foreseen with the EPO Convention).

How to patent an invention?

For all information related to this issue click here.