Can I get patent protection in different countries?

Yes. Patents are territorial in nature which means they are granted on a country by country basis. At present, there is no European wide patent, covering all 27 member states, such as for trade marks and registered designs. There are however procedures in place to allow you to make one application to cover a number of European countries in that application. The result of a successful application is a bundle of individual patents in different countries at a lower cost than individual applications to each country.

You should seek advice from a lawyer on the best ways to protect your inventions and the methods of extending that protection abroad.

Last update on 28.09.11 by the ACID Team.

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