The European Patent Office (EPO) is a collaboration organisation between most European countries. It was formed through an international convention in Munich in 1973.

The European Patent Convention (EPC) is an agreement between around thirty European countries. It gives you the opportunity to apply for patents through the EPO. The EPO will review and assess your patent application and can grant patents in the Member States. It is also sufficient to submit a single application, but if the EPO approves your application, you must then submit a translation of the patent and pay the relevant fees in the countries in which you want the patent to apply.

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