UK & European Procedures

Applicants for intellectual property protection in Europe can choose between filing applications in the national intellectual property offices of individual countries, for instance the UK, France and German, or using the European offices that grant protection effective in multiple countries.

At AdamsonJones, we are experienced in both types of procedure.

Where protection is needed in more than just a few European countries, the most cost-effective and efficient approach is usually to obtain protection through the European intellectual property offices. Please click the link for more information on country and costs strategy for patent protection in Europe.

The European Patent Office or EPO grants patents that can take effect across almost the whole of Europe, including all European Union member states plus several other countries that are not part of the EU, such as Switzerland.

A single application can be filed, in English, and that application is processed centrally up to the point at which a European patent is granted. It is then necessary to choose the countries in which the patent is to take effect; at that stage, the single European patent becomes a set of individual national patents that are just like patents granted by the individual national patent offices. For more information on European patent applications download our guide to International Patent Protection.

For trade marks and designs, however, truly unified European Union registration systems are in place, and are very widely used. By filing an application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (known as EUIPO), it is possible to obtain a registration that covers the whole of the European Union, at much lower cost than even just a few national registrations. For more information about registering a trade mark in Europe download our guide to Obtaining Trademarks Overseas.

At Adamson Jones, we will help you choose the approach to intellectual property protection in Europe that best suits your needs. We will guide you through the procedures involved and ensure that you achieve the greatest value from the investment that you make.

To discuss your intellectual property requirements with a qualified attorney in confidence, and at your convenience, please call us on +44 115 947 7977 or email

More resources:

The EU Unitary Patent Regime: Will it happen and what will it mean?

Euro-PCT applications - Claim amendments and other issues

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