The European Patent Convention (EPC) is a regional patent system, allowing a single European patent application to cover 38 member states across Europe.
One of the biggest issues faced by PCT patent applications entering Europe is the structure of the patent application claims.
The European system provides for patent protection in 36 countries, including all current 27 member states within the European Union.
If you are looking to obtain a European patent, there are a number of factors that affect the time it takes to be granted.
If you are considering taking your PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) application forward in Europe before the EPO (European Patent Office), it’s important to be aware of the fees associated with the process.