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  How to validate European
patents with fewer middlemen

The European patent process.
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.

The basic parts of the validation are:

  • Translations of the patent text.
  • Submission of the translation to the respective national patent office.
  • Paying official fees to the respective national patent office.
  • 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:

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    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:
  • The necessary translations
  • Submission to the national patent offices
  • Administration of fee payments relating to the validations
  • Reporting back to you or your patent attorneys
  • Acting as Address for Service in countries where this is required.

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