In Europe it is possible to obtain patents in some 40 countries using the service of the EPO, the European Patent Office. Despite the name, the EPO does not issue usable patents, but instead decides if patent protection can be approved.
It is the national patent office in each country in Europe that issues the real patent and to enable a smooth transfer between the EPO and each of the national patent offices in Europe, the latter have promised to accept the decision of the EPO as long as the patent holder validates the granted patent application. In most countries validation has to be done within three months.
There may be variations in requirements for all three parts from country to country.
To make it easier to understand what services Direct Validation specialises in, the patent application timeline below illustrates the period for which Direct Validation provides customers with assistance:
Normally Direct Validation starts acting when you receive the “Intention to Grant” from the EPO and translation of the patent claims into the other two official languages is necessary.
When the patent application is granted, the validation phase starts. Direct Validation can help you with the whole process including: