Initial Patent Application
An inventor has the right to claim ownership of that idea if it has been officially recognised and patented. This will prohibit others from making, using or selling that invention. Through a patent an inventor will have the opportunity to pursue patent protection for the invention described and claimed.
How should an invention be patented?
To obtain the grant of a patent, one must file an application at a patent office which has the jurisdiction to grant a patent in the geographic area in which coverage is required. This includes the national patent offices or a regional body, such as the European Patent Office (EPO).
What is the process to file a patent with the EPO?
1. Initiating the process2. Filing and Formalities Examination3. Search4. Publication of Application and Search Report5. Substantive examination6. Translation of Claims7. Decision to grant a patent