PCT International patent applications at EPO
An international patent application instead of a regular European patent application can be filed at EPO 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.
Euro-PCT: European entry of PCT patent applications
A European patent (EP) can also be obtained from a 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.
Upon entry in the European phase your PCT patent application will be equivalent to a regular patent application in Europe, and is usually called a Euro-PCT application.
Please contact us for details.
EPO PCT deadline
The European Patent Office EPO applies a deadline of 31 months for entry in the European phase of PCT patent applications, instead of the usual 30 months. A legal remedy called ‘Further Processing’ is available for approximately 2 further months if this deadline is not met, but this is relatively expensive.