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Renewal fees for the European patent application

According to Article 86 of the European Patent Convention (EPC)  ,

 

(1)

Renewal fees for the European patent application shall be paid to the European Patent Office in accordance with the Implementing Regulations. These fees shall be due in respect of the third year and each subsequent year, calculated from the date of filing of the application. If a renewal fee is not paid in due time, the application shall be deemed to be withdrawn. 

(2)

European patent application - Abstract

According to Article 85 of the European Patent Convention (EPC)  , the abstract shall serve the purpose of technical information only; it may not be taken into account for any other purpose, in particular for interpreting the scope of the protection sought or applying Article 54, paragraph 3. of the European Patent Convention (EPC)

 

Prepared by European Patent Registration and Consulting Services GmbH

European patent application - Claims

According to Article 84 of the European Patent Convention (EPC)  ,

the claims shall define the matter for which protection is sought. They shall be clear and concise and be supported by the description.

 

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European patent application - Disclosure of the invention

According to Article 83 of the European Patent Convention (EPC)  ,

the European patent application shall disclose the invention in a manner sufficiently clear and complete for it to be carried out by a person skilled in the art. 

 

Prepared by European Patent Registration and Consulting Services GmbH

 

Significant inventions in 2014 - A Personal Electric Airplane That Won't Need A Runway (vertical – landing plane)

More than half of all personal aircraft accidents occur during takeoffs or landings. That’s why inventor and entrepreneur JoeBen Bevirt and its team has created a personal electric airplane called S2 that takes off vertically, like a helicopter, and flies aerodynamically, like an airplane.

European patent registration - Unity of invention

According to Article 82 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) , the European patent application shall relate to one invention only or to a group of inventions so linked as to form a single general inventive concept. 

 

Prepared by European Patent Registration and Consulting Services GmbH

European patent application - Designation of the inventor

According to Article 81 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) ,

the European patent application shall designate the inventor. If the applicant is not the inventor or is not the sole inventor, the designation shall contain a statement indicating the origin of the right to the European patent. 

 

Prepared by European Patent Registration and Consulting Services GmbH

 

 

European patent application - Date of filing

According to Article 80 of the European Patent Convention (EPC)

, the date of filing of a European patent application shall be the date on which the requirements laid down in the Implementing Regulations are fulfilled. 

 

According to Rule 40  of the Implementing Regulations to  European Patent Convention (EPC)

 

(1)

The date of filing of a European patent application shall be the date on which the documents filed by the applicant contain: 

(a)

an indication that a European patent is sought; 

(b)

EPO receives a record 273 000 patent filings in 2014, up by around 3%

According to preliminary figures from EPO , The European Patent Office (EPO) received more than 273 110 patent filings in 2014, an increase of around 3% over 2013, and a new all-time high.

Preliminary data show that last year filings originating from Europe remained stable (+0.3%). There was strong growth from the US (+6.7%), which reinforced its leading position in the country ranking, and very strong growth from China (+16.8%). Korea saw moderate growth (+1.4%), while patent filings from Japan saw a drop (-3.8%).

European patent registration - Designation of Contracting States

According to article 79 of the European Patent Convention (EPC)

 (1)

All the Contracting States party to this Convention at the time of filing of the European patent application shall be deemed to be designated in the request for grant of a European patent. 

(2)

The designation of a Contracting State may be subject to the payment of a designation fee. 

(3)

The designation of a Contracting State may be withdrawn at any time up to the grant of the European patent. 

 

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