European patent applications

The European Patent Convention (EPC) is an agreement between over thirty European countries.

The EPC allows you to apply for a patent at the European Patent Office (EPO), which has offices in Berlin, The Hague and Munich.

EPO reviews and examines your application and can grant a patent in the member states. A single application is sufficient, but if it is granted you must file a translation of the patent, and pay the fees, in the countries where you want the patent to be valid.

A European application is good if

  • your market is in Europe.
  • you want to reach a number of countries using a single application.

If you have any questions about European applications, you should contact EPO directly.

Read more

EPO - European Patent Office (external website)

EPO - European applications (external website)

EPO - How to apply for a European patent (external website)

EPO - Member states (external website)

Online Filing, eOLF (external website)

Fees and payment - European patents