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:
The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) covers around sixteen, mainly English-speaking, countries in Africa.
The African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) covers around fifteen French-speaking countries in Africa.
The Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO) covers around ten of the former Soviet republics.
The Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office (GCCPO) covers a number of Arab countries.
Alphabetical List of Intellectual Property Offices.