Definition of a European Patent:
“European patents are granted for inventions that are new, involve an inventive step and are susceptible of industrial application. An invention can belong to any field of technology.”(“Patentability Art. 52(1)” Guide for Applicants. European Patent Office. 2009.)
European patents are valid and apply to all 38 European Patent Convention (EPC) states. Patents may also be extended to some additional countries upon request, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia. Some countries require that each patent applicant must provide a translation of patent specifications in one of their official languages.