Have you protected your invention in only a single country/region and now wish to protect it in other countries? You should be aware that you have a period of one year (called the “priority period”) from the date of filing of your first patent application to extend the protection of this application to other countries, as long as the chosen countries recognize the right attached to this priority period.
This period has a major importance in the protection of your invention and any failure may result in irreversible consequences. This is why we monitor this period to remind you about it in a timely manner and we help you to make a choice according to the strategy that you wish to adopt.
Commencement of phases of an international application according to the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty)
If you have chosen an international application according to the PCT covering more than 150 States (http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/pct_contracting_states.html), which allows you to benefit from an additional reflection period regarding the final choice of countries in which you wish to protect your invention (30 months from the date of filing of your first patent application), it will then be necessary to commence with the regional and/or national phases of your international application, i.e. to choose the countries of interest from among these designated States.
To help you in your approach, we monitor the periods and assist you in making your strategic choices. Once the countries are selected, we take over all required administrative and legal processes depending on the requirements of the different national IP Offices (translations, powers, compliance check of the patent application, payment of official fees, etc.). To do this, we rely on a vast network of trusted local colleagues, specializing in local procedures, who are in charge of maintaining and defending your rights and representing you before the national Offices.
After this commencement of phases in the chosen countries, the patent application shall be examined by the national/regional Offices on the substance for its issue. Of course, we continue to assist you throughout the examination and issuing procedure, and until the expiry of this patent.
You have opted for a European patent application that the European Patent Office has finally granted. This is obviously good news, but there is still a final step to be accomplished. Since this European patent is not directly effective in all the designated countries (38 base countries – http://www.epo.org/about-us/organisation/member-states.html), it now becomes necessary to carry out validations of it in your countries of interest.
To help you in your approach, we monitor the periods and assist you in making your strategic choices. Once the countries are selected, we take over all required administrative and legal processes depending on the requirements of the different national Offices (full translations or translations of the claims only, powers, payment of official taxes, etc.) through our network of local colleagues.