Foreign national patent applications

If you would like patent protection in a certain country, you can apply directly to that country's patent authority.

The patenting process is often similar to that in Sweden. In certain countries, you are required to have an authorized or resident patent agent, meaning someone who has the experience or training to represent you.

Applying for a patent in each individual country is good if

  • you only want to apply for protection in a few countries.
  • you know that there is only a market for your invention in those countries. 
  • you are reasonably sure that your invention is patentable.

Outside of Europe

There are also a number of regional patent authorities outside of Europe:

ARIPO

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) covers around sixteen, mainly English-speaking, countries in Africa.

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization, ARIPO (external website)

OAPI

The African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) covers around fifteen French-speaking countries in Africa.

The African Intellectual Property Organization, OAPI (external website)

EAPO

The Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO) covers around ten of the former Soviet republics.

The Eurasian Patent Organization, EAPO (external website)

GCCPO

The Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office (GCCPO) covers a number of Arab countries.

The Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office, GCCPO (external website)

WIPO

Alphabetical List of Intellectual Property Offices.