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The European Patent Office

PD 4.5 PatentInformationEuropeanPatent OfficeThe EuropeanPatent OfficeServing industryandthe public20040527Warshaw


PD 4.5 PatentInformationEuropeanPatent OfficePatent Protection inEurope20040527WarshawDipl.-Ing. Heidrun KrestelLiaison Office Member StatesCo-operation Programmes and INPADOC


The EuropeanPatent OfficeTopics of this presentationIntroduction to the EPOGeneral issuesThe proceduresPatent information


The EuropeanPatent OfficeThe EuropeanPatent OfficeThe EuropeanPatent Office –the patent grantingauthority for Europe


The EuropeanPatent OfficeThe EuropeanPatent OfficeThe European PatentOrganisationEuropean Patent OrganisationEuropeanPatent OfficeThe executive bodyTheOffice'staskistogrant European patents.AdministrativeCouncilThe legislative bodyImportant functions:• to adopt the budget• to approve the President´s actionsin implementing the budget• to amend the ImplementingRegulations and Rules relatingto FeesThe Administrative Council consists ofdelegates from the member states.


The EuropeanPatent OfficeMember states


The EuropeanPatent OfficeOrganisational structureof the European Patent OfficePresident's OfficeCouncil SecretariatControlling OfficeCommunicationPresidentAlainPompidou(FR)Pension ReserveFundVice-PresidentT. Hammer (DE)Directorate-General 1Vice-PresidentP. Kyriakides(CY)Directorate-General 2Vice-PresidentP. Messerli(CH)Directorate-General 3Vice-PresidentC. Edfjäll(SE)Directorate-General 4Vice-PresidentM. Desantes(ES)Directorate-General 5


The EuropeanPatent OfficeThe EPO’s MissionTo examine patentapplicationsTo grant patentsTo publish and disseminatepatent information


The EuropeanPatent OfficeApplications filed2000001800001600001400001200001000008000060000400002000001995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004Total number of European patent applications


The EuropeanPatent OfficeLocationsHeadquarters MunichPschorrHöfeBranch at The HagueHeadquarters MunichIsar buildingBrusselsBureauVienna sub-officeBerlin sub-office


The EuropeanPatent OfficeTopics of this presentationIntroduction to the EPOGeneral issuesThe proceduresPatent information


The EuropeanPatent OfficeWhat is a patent?A patent is a legal title granting its holderthe exclusive right to make use of aninvention for a limited area and time bystopping others from, among otherthings, making, using or selling it withoutauthorisation.


The EuropeanPatent OfficeNational proceduresInventionApplicationCZ-PatentAT-PatentApplicationApplicationSE- Patent


The EuropeanPatent OfficeEuropean procedure (EP)InventionApplication up to 30nationalpatentsEPOGrantEuropean phaseNational Phase


The EuropeanPatent OfficeInternational procedure (PCT)InventionApplication182memberstatessearch and optionalpreliminary examination,no patent grant as such,entering the regional or nationalphase with 30 months delayafter first filing


The EuropeanPatent OfficeTopics of this presentationIntroduction to the EPOGeneral issuesThe proceduresFilingSearch and examinationGrantingOppositionAppealSummaryPatent information


The EuropeanPatent OfficeFiling the applicationWho canfile?Any natural or legal person, jointapplicantsWhere tofile?at EPO premises in Munich, TheHague and Berlinat the central industrial propertyoffice or other competentauthorities in that ContractingState (depending on the nationallaw)


The EuropeanPatent OfficeFiling the applicationFor whichcountries?In countries where the EPChas entered into force = thecontracting (designating)statesIn whichlanguage?In one of the officiallanguages (English,French, German)


The EuropeanPatent OfficeFiling the applicationItems tofileRequest for grant of a EuropeanpatentDescription of the inventionClaim(s)Drawing(s) referred to thedescription or the claimsAbstractClaim to priority


The EuropeanPatent OfficeFiling the applicationClaim topriorityPriority may be claimed for aEuropean patent application bya person who in 12 month priorto the filing of the Europeanapplication has filed anapplication of a patent orregistration of a utility model inrespect of the same invention ina state which is party of theParis Convention for theProtection of Industrial Property


The EuropeanPatent OfficeFiling the applicationRequirements concerning the presentation of theinventionDisclosure of the inventionUnity of inventionDescription:indication of technical field of the inventionbackground state of the artdefinition of the technical problem and itssolutiondescription of the figuresdescription of the way to carry out the inventionindication of industrial application


The EuropeanPatent OfficeFiling the applicationRequirements concerning thepresentation of the inventionClaims:define the matter ofprotectionusually comprises twoparts, the prior artportion andthe characterisingportionDrawings: must correspondto description and claimsAbstract: summary of theinvention for technicalinformation purposes


The EuropeanPatent OfficeOnline filing• Online filing of EP and PCTapplications• online filing functionality viaepoline®• Fee reduction for online filedapplications as of 1 April 2004(€125 to €90)


PD 4.5 PatentInformationFurther detailedinformation via the EPOwebsitewww.epo.org20040527Warshaw


The EuropeanPatent Office


The EuropeanPatent OfficeTopics of this presentationIntroduction to the EPOGeneral issuesThe proceduresFilingSearch and examinationGrantingOppositionAppealSummaryPatent information


The EuropeanPatent OfficeSearch and examination1st step: Examination on filing / Formalitiesexamination2nd step: Search => Search report3rd step: Substantive examination


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The EuropeanPatent OfficeSearch and examinationCode letters in the search report indicating:X particularly relevant document which, takenby itself destroys the novelty or inventive stepof the subject-matter claimedY particularly relevant document which, takentogether with one or more other „Y“documents, indicates that the subject-matterclaimed does not involve an inventive stepA document gives information about the stateof the art


The EuropeanPatent OfficeGrantingFor an invention to be patentable it must be:Novel (no prior disclosure or use)EPC Art. 54Inventive (not obvious to one skilled in the art)EPC Art. 56Industrially applicableEPC Art. 57


The EuropeanPatent OfficeTopics of this presentationIntroduction to the EPOGeneral issuesThe proceduresFilingSearch and examinationGrantingOppositionAppealSummaryPatent Information


The EuropeanPatent OfficeFeesApplication fee online filing € 90Application fee Paper filing € 125Search fee € 690Designation fee € 75per country, maximum 7 timesExamination fee € 1430Fee for grant € 715Annual fee 3+4 year € 785Total up to grant € 4270Opposition fee € 610Fee for appeal € 1020


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Overview of the patent procedure at the EPOThe EuropeanPatent Office12 monthsFurther orformer applications(Priority)Request forExaminationApplicationFormalitiesSearchmax. 6 Monthsafter search reportafter18 monthsPublication,Search ReportInfoExaminationRejectApplicantGrantEPOnational PhaseThirdPartiesMax. life time: 20 yearsPatentTranslationsInfowithin9 monthsOpposition


The EuropeanPatent OfficeTopics of this presentationIntroduction to the EPOGeneral issuesThe proceduresPatent Information


The EuropeanPatent OfficeWhy patent informationPatents are an important information resourceTechnology transfer aspect:More than 80 % of the technical knowledgein the world can be found in patent literature– and often nowhere elseEconomic aspect:The European Commission estimates, that20 thousand million Euro per year are spendon research and development of techiqueswhich already exist


Why patent informationThe EuropeanPatent OfficeAdvantages of patent documentationas resource of technical informationDetailed description of the technologyprotected as well as of the state of theartin most cases detailed drawingsWorldwide similar classification schemeof technical fields (IPC=InternationalPatent Classification)Accessable by everybody, in manycases free of charge


The EuropeanPatent OfficeThe EPO's patent informationproducts


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet ® target:To provide direct access topatent informationTo promote patent awarenessTo stimulate innovation,specially in small andmedium enterprises


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet ® enables usersTo search for specific patent numbersTo get an overview of the existingtechnologies in a certain fieldTo get an overview of innovativeactivities of their competitorsTo monitor new patent applications assoon as they are published


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet ® offers 2 search levels:Level IAVAILABLECOVERAGEDATA SOURCENational PatentPublications-Bibliodata-1 st page image- Description-Claims-Drawing- Search reportThe last 24 monthsNational PatentOffice of the EPCmember statesEP publications (EPO)+ WO publications(WIPO)- Biblio data and Abstract- Description-Claims- Mosaics- Original document- Search report- INPADOC legal statusThe last 24 months


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet ® offers 2 search levels:Level IIAVAILABLECOVERAGEDATA SOURCEJapanese PatentPublications-Bibliodata- Abstract in English- Mosaics- Original document- INPADOC legal statusSince 1976: biblio dataSince 1980: drawingsWorldwide PatentDocumentation- Biblio data and Abstract- Description-Claims- Mosaics- Original document- Search report- INPADOC legal statusFull data since 1970Further since 1836


The EuropeanPatent Officeaccess to esp@cenet ®


The EuropeanPatent Officeaccess to esp@cenet ®


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet® access to Level II –worldwide database


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet ® ExampleSearch with the international patent classification and keywords


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet ® ExampleSelection of patent


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet ® ExampleBibliographic data


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet ® ExampleDescription


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet ® ExampleClaims


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet ® ExampleDrawings


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet ® ExampleOriginal document


The EuropeanPatent Officeesp@cenet ® ExampleINPADOC legal status data


The EuropeanPatent OfficeElectronic transaction andcommunication during thepatent granting procedureAllow users to carry out secureelectronic transactions via InternetPatent information facilities:Patent registerOnline file inspection


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PD 4.5 PatentInformationEuropean PatentOfficeThank you for your attentionwww.european-patent-office.org20040527Warshaw

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