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Information about patents and how to research them.

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European Patents

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.)

Visit the website for the European Patent Office.  

European Patent Convention (EPC)

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.

See a list of EPC states.