Foreign national patent application
If you want patent protection in a particular country, you can apply directly to that country's patent office.
The application process in other countries is often similar to that in Sweden. Some countries require you to have an authorised or resident patent agent, i.e., a person with specific experience or training to represent you.
Applying for patents in each individual country is a good choice when:
- You plan to seek protection in a few countries
- You know that the market for your invention is only in these countries
- You are reasonably sure that your invention is patentable
There are also a number of regional patent offices in addition to the EPO:
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.