Foreign patents applications

Foreign patents applications 

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A patent is a national right and if you require protection for your invention in a particular country, a granted patent must ultimately be obtained in that country. However, there are ways to make it easier to file applications in multiple countries at once.

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A European Patent Application is prosecuted as a single patent application until granted, whereupon it is divided into individual National Patents of the countries designated in the European Patent Application. Translation of the patent in each of the European countries in which protection is required then needs to be filed in each individual patent office.

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An International Patent Application facilitates the filing of patent applications in most of the major markets in the world but does not actually result in an International Patent being granted. The International Application process can last for a maximum period of 30 months from the filing date of the original UK Informal Patent Application. After this time, national or regional patent applications in the designated countries need to be filed. A search and optional preliminary examination can be undertaken as part of the international procedure.

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Our patent specialists are able to facilitate the filing, prosecution and maintenance of patents and patent applications in most countries in the world via our network of Foreign Associates. Our technical staff can advise you of the filing requirements for any country of interest.

Foreign patents applications

If you would like to apply for a patent anywhere in the world then contact our expert team of Patent Attorneys today.