Euro-PCT: European entry of PCT patent applications
A European patent (EP) can be obtained from a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent application filed outside Europe. This is usally called a Euro PCT application. Patenthuis will be happy to take care of the European regional phase of your international PCT applications.
After entry in the European phase your Euro-PCT patent application is equivalent to a regular patent application in Europe. This means that you then also benefit from the provision protection that a European patent application provides.
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The European Patent Office EPO applies a deadline of 31 months for entry in the European phase of PCT patent applications. This is one month more than the 30 months provided in the PCT. A legal remedy called ‘Further Processing’ is available for approximately 2 further months if this deadline is not met. However, this is relatively expensive. Therefore you are well advised to submit your Euro-PCT applications on time.
A Euro-PCT application needs to filed in English, French or German. So, if your PCT application is in one of the other PCT languages, a translation is needed upon entry in the European phase. You can either supply such a translation or we can ask our translators. Translations take time! When you instruct us to handle the European phase of your PCT application, please keep this in mind.
Representation for Euro-PCT applications.
Unless your business is based in one of the member states of the European Patent Convention, you need to be represented by a European Patent Attorney.
Direct PCT International patent applications at EPO
You can apply for an international patent application at EPO, instead of a regular European patent application, if at least one of the inventors or applicants has the nationality of a contracting state to the European Patent Convention.
The applicant then has at least 30 months from the priority date to determine in which countries the patent applications should be continued. Nearly all countries worldwide cooperate in this system.