MultiLing CEO Michael Sneddon recently authored an article for IP Frontline on how to best manage the patent application process for European patents using the European Patent Office (EPO) system. Filing a patent with the EPO is a unified first step, but then the approved application must also be validated in each member country where protection is sought. Validation requires patent translation services and effective management of deadlines.
There is just a brief three-month period when the national validations must be accompanied – in all but a handful of countries – by translated patent claims or full patent specifications in an official language of the respective country. This time-consuming and complex task can involve working with up to 40 different European agents, depending on the number of countries where validation is sought.
“By consolidating the work of managing deadlines and translations to interactive and specialized teams that report to a single project owner, the validation process is simplified for the applicant, more consistent across all jurisdictions and much less costly than if isolated foreign agents worked on the project in multiple EPO countries,” explains Sneddon.
For more details and tips on effectively and efficiently translating and validating patents in Europe, you can link to the full article here.
The new EU Patent that is currently being debated within the European Union is completely different from the existing European patents, which are granted under the European Patent Convention (EPC).
European patents, once granted, become a bundle of nationally enforceable patents, in the designated states. Enforcement must be carried out through national courts in individual countries and revocation cannot be accomplished centrally once the nine-month opposition period has expired. Current procedures to apply for a patent are complicated and expensive. Once granted by the European Patent Office (EPO), patents have to be validated by every EU country where the inventor wishes to have protection. Apart from the administrative formalities, this procedure involves considerable expenses for translation. To protect an invention throughout the EU, a company has to pay up to € 32.000, as opposed to € 1.850 on average in the US. Continue reading →