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European patent registration - Equivalence of European filing with national filing

According to Art. 66 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) a European patent application which has been accorded a date of filing shall, in the designated Contracting States, be equivalent to a regular national filing, where appropriate with the priority claimed for the European patent application. 

 

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Translation of the European patent

According to Art. 65 par. 1 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) any Contracting State may, if the European patent as granted, amended or limited by the European Patent Office is not drawn up in one of its official languages, prescribe that the proprietor of the patent shall supply to its central industrial property office a translation of the patent as granted, amended or limited in one of its official languages at his option or, where that State has prescribed the use of one specific official language, in that language.

Rights conferred by a European patent

According to art. 64 of the European Patent Convention  (EPC) a European patent shall, confer on its proprietor from the date on which the mention of its grant is published in the European Patent Bulletin, in each Contracting State in respect of which it is granted, the same rights as would be conferred by a national patent granted in that State.

 

If the subject-matter of the European patent is a process, the protection conferred by the patent shall extend to the products directly obtained by such process. 

 

Term of the European patent

According to the art. 63 par. 1 of the European Patent Convention  (EPC) , the term of the European patent shall be 20 years from the date of filing of the application. 

 

Nothing in the mentioned paragraph shall limit the right of a Contracting State to extend the term of a European patent, or to grant corresponding protection which follows immediately on expiry of the term of the patent, under the same conditions as those applying to national patents: 

(a)

in order to take account of a state of war or similar emergency conditions affecting that State; 

European patent registration - Right of the inventor to be mentioned

 

According  to Art. 62 of the European Patent Convention (EPC)  the inventor shall have the right, vis-à-vis the applicant for or proprietor of a European patent, to be mentioned as such before the European Patent Office. 

 

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European patent applications filed by non-entitled persons

 

According  to Art. 61 of the European Patent Convention If by a final decision it is adjudged that a person other than the applicant is entitled to the grant of the European patent, that person may, in accordance with the Implementing Regulations: 

 

(a)

prosecute the European patent application as his own application in place of the applicant; 

(b)

file a new European patent application in respect of the same invention; or 

(c)

request that the European patent application be refused. 

(2)

Right to a European patent

According to Art. 60 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) , the right to a European patent shall belong to the inventor or his successor in title. If the inventor is an employee, the right to a European patent shall be determined in accordance with the law of the State in which the employee is mainly employed; if the State in which the employee is mainly employed cannot be determined, the law to be applied shall be that of the State in which the employer has the place of business to which the employee is attached. 

 

Entitlement to file a European patent application

 

According to Art. 58 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) , a European patent application may be filed by any natural or legal person, or any body equivalent to a legal person by virtue of the law governing it. 

Multiple applicants

A European patent application may also be filed either by joint applicants or by two or more applicants designating different Contracting States.

 

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European Patent - Industrial application

Industrial application

 

According  to Art. 57 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) an invention shall be considered as susceptible of industrial application if it can be made or used in any kind of industry, including agriculture. 

 

The industrial application of a sequence or a partial sequence of a gene must be disclosed in the patent application. 

 

 

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European Patent - Inventive step

Inventive step

 

According to Art. 56 of the European Patent Convention,, an invention shall be considered as involving an inventive step if, having regard to the state of the art, it is not obvious to a person skilled in the art. If the state of the art also includes documents within the meaning of Article 54, paragraph 3, of the European Patent Convention (EPC)  these documents shall not be considered in deciding whether there has been an inventive step.

 

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