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EPO

Patent filing & translation requirements

Below we’ve listed the patent filing and translation requirements for EPO. Whilst we endeavour to ensure these regulations remain up-to-date, they are subject to change. We advise you check with the local patent office or relevant counsel regarding any questions about country specific regulations.

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Unitary Route: Filing & Translation Requirements in EPO
Request Deadline1 month from the grant date
Request ExtensionNo
Translation LanguageEnglish source: Translation into any one of the official languages of the European Union.
French or German source: Translation into English.
Translation RequirementFull translation of the granted patent.
Translation Requirement Tool TipThe translation has no legal effect and is for informational purposes only. Nevertheless, the translation should not be carried out only by automated means.
Translation Extension1 month
Translation Extension Tool TipThe EPO will send a notice inviting the requester to correct the deficiencies noted within a non-extendable period of one month.
Direct Route: Filing & Translation Requirements in EPO
LanguageEnglish, French or German
Filing Deadline12 months
Filing ExtensionNo
Translation Extension2 months
Power of AttorneyNo
General POA AcceptedN/A
AssignmentsNo
Excess Claims Fee Due at FilingYes
Claims Amendment Possible at FilingYes
Fee for Amending Claims at FilingNo
Request for Examination DeadlineDue 6 months from publication date
Can Examination be Requested at Filing?Yes
Patent Prosecution HighwayYes
Priority Document16 months from earliest priority date, DAS code or Certified copy, No translation required
PCT Route: Filing & Translation Requirements in EPO
LanguageEnglish, French, or German
Filing Deadline31 months
Filing ExtensionNo
Translation ExtensionNo
Power of AttorneyYes, must be submitted within 2 months of filing
General POA AcceptedYes
AssignmentsYes, must be submitted within 2 months of filing
Excess Claims Fee Due at FilingNo
Claims Amendment Possible at FilingYes
Fee for Amending Claims at FilingNo
Request for Examination DeadlineWithin 6 months from filing
Can Examination be Requested at Filing?Yes
Patent Prosecution HighwayYes
EP Route: Filing & Translation Requirements in EPO
Validation DeadlineN/A
Translation LanguageN/A
Translation RequirementN/A
Translation ExtensionN/A
Power of AttorneyN/A
General POA AcceptedN/A
AssignmentsN/A
Excess Claims Fee Due at FilingYes
Claims Amendment Possible at FilingYes
Fee for Amending Claims at FilingNo
Request for Examination DeadlineDue at time of filing
Can Examination be Requested at Filing?Yes
Patent Prosecution HighwayYes

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