Obtaining a European Patent
Taylor IP has foreign associates worldwide, and we can assist you in filing patent applications in the EU and individual countries within the EU. Let us help you with your IP needs in Europe!
European patent (EP) attorneys prepare, prosecute and enforce patents in Europe. Only a registered EP patent attorney can represent an inventor before the European Patent Office (EPO).
Understanding European Patent Law
FIRST TO FILE
All countries in the world now utilize a “first to file” patent system, which establishes that the first applicant to file for patent has the presumed right to the grant of a patent, regardless of the actual date of invention.
ORIGINAL PATENT DATE
Under International Treaty, foreign patent applications may be filed in other countries within one year of the original filing date and the effective filing date of the foreign application will be the date on which the original patent application was filed.
PATENT COOPERATION TREATY
As part of the foreign filing process, foreign applications may be filed either directly as a national application within a given country, or may be filed as an international application such as a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) international application.
AMERICAN COMPANIES FILING IN EU
Companies or individuals located in the United States of America (US) may file a patent first as a US or PCT international application, which establishes their first effective filing date. For this initial filing, the services of a registered US patent attorney are typically utilized.