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European Patent

P&TS is qualified to file European Patent Applications. A draft is prepared by a P&TS patent agent on the basis of spoken or written indications provided by the applicant. This draft is submitted to the applicant who can correct and/or complete it before filing.

European Patent Convention (EPC)
In order to protect an invention in several European states, it is often easier and more cost-effective to file a European patent application rather than several distinct national applications. 
Thirty-eigth Member States, including all the European Union states as well as Switzerland, have joined the European Patent Convention (status May 2012). The full list of member states is available for example on the site of the European Patent Office (EPO) under www.european-patent-office.org

The EPC has instituted a European Patent that is granted by the European Patent Office (EPO), whose head office is located in Munich (Germany).

Effects of the European patent. Designations.
grant procedure for European patents
search report
publication of the European patent application
approving the text intended for grant
translations of the patent
annual fees after grant

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