European patents

The main importance of the European patent is that through a single European application, you are able to obtain and validate the patent in more than 38 contracting states. Therefore, if you intent to market your invention across Europe, the European patent application is a cost-effective alternative.

Additionally to this, we offer highly competitive prices in this country. If you need additional information do not hesitate to contact us!.

Why choose us

  • Quality service: is characterized by providing services with the highest quality standards. Our services are carried out by attorneys and engineers specialized in intellectual property in order to ensure quality and that all the legal requirements are covered.
  • Experience: We have more than 20 years of experience providing large companies, law firms and inventors, international design and patent application services in almost every country.
  • Personalized communications: All communications between our clients and are managed by dedicated account executives and saved on our confidential and secure  platform.
  • Competitive prices and no hidden fees: We offer competitive prices and inform of any possible additional cost timely and in advance.

How to apply


Prepare the patent specifications. We can assist you with this also.


Request a quotation for the patent filing.


Payment of the patent filing service.


Assigned attorney review and prepare the forms.


Patent application filed and reported to you.

General information

Invention patent

Design patent

Filling timelines

The time limit for the PCT national phase entry in Europe is 31 months from the earliest date of priority and 12 months for Direct Paris Route application. This term can be restored within two months from the missed deadline.

The time limit for filing a design is 6 months from the earliest date of priority. This time limit ca be restored within 2 months from the missed term by paying an additional fee.

Required documents

Signed POA, inventor declaration, assignment and certified copy of priority, if applicable.

Signed POA, inventor declaration, assignment and certified copy of priority, if applicable. A drawing set of the different views of the design.

Examination stage

The examination fees are included in the official fees that are paid at the filing stage. The first examination report must be issued by the EPO within 18 months from the filing date. It is possible to request accelerated examination under PPH under certain circumstances.

The patent office will review if the design application meets all formalities and registrability. No examination fees must be paid. If the application is accepted to registration, the design will be published in the Community Designs Bulletin and a certificate of registration will be issued. Normally the granted patent is issued within 3 months from the filing date.


After receiving the Notice of Allowance, the applicant must pay the “Granting fees” and file the translation of the claims into french and german within 4 months from the notice of allowance. Once the patent is granted the invention will be automatically validated in France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg and United Kingdom. Also, the applicant can validate the patent in other 38 European contracting states, within 3 months from the granting date and paying a validation fee.

No granting fee must be paid, once the design has been accepted will be published in the Community Designs Bulletin and a certificate of registration will be issued. The “Maintenance” fees must be paid each period of 5 years from the filing date of the application and the patent term of the design is 25 years.

Member/validation states

The Contracting states and “extension states” which are not Contracting States to the EPC are: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, North  Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tukey, Tunisia and United Kingdom.

The Community Design patent is valid in 27 European Union countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Since Brexit occurred at the start of 2021, in order to protect your design, we must file a design application directly with the United Kingdom.

Our services


International patent filing (any country)

We have more than 20 years of experience filing and handling patent applications in almost every country. With us you will find a centralized and cost-effective filing of your international applications, allowing you to focus on the invention and the business side of your project.


Portfolio management

We are an excellent solution for law firms and experience IP attorneys that need assistance with an experienced company for management and prosecution of large portfolios, with a portfolio of more than 2200 patents, we will provide an easy and fast reporting, files and documents up to date and timely next tasks notifications.


Analytic services

In Patentarea we also have plenty of experience providing analityc services like Patentability searchs, freedom to operate analysis, and patent valuation reports.


Patent drafting

If you need assistance with a quick and cost-effective patent draft for your clients, or if you are protecting your invention for the first time, we will gladly assist you with this also.


Other Patent Services

We can also assist with any other service like assignments, renewal, licensing agreements and more. Just contact us.


How long can it take a European patent to be issued?

A standard patent application process in Europe can take between 2 and 3 years from the filing date. However, a PPH requested can be filed to potentially allow the applicant to reduce the examination time in more than a half. Contact us for additional information.

Can a European patent application be restored after abandonment?

Yes, a patent application that has been abandoned, it can be revived by filing a request for restoration within 2 months from the missing deadline, paying the regarding fees and correcting the cause that resulted in the abandonment.


We have a team of patent attorneys and engineers, with years of experience making patent searches, filing patent applications and following up on the patent process in more than 30 countries, which allows us to assure you:
-Competent professionals will perform all the necessary procedures for filing and following up your patent application.
-You will receive timely information regarding updates for the application process.
-If objections or rejections arise in the patent application process, knowledgeable attorneys will advise you on the appropriate course of action.
-All information provided to us will be kept in absolute confidentiality. Before entering any business relationship we electronically sign a confidentiality agreement with you that protects your interests (View our confidentiality agreement).

Who will be in charge of my application?

In countries where services are offered, relies on teams of recognized and experienced patent attorneys, allowing us to assure a high-quality service.
To learn about the attorney directly in charge of your request select the link “Attorney in charge” located on the toolbar or in the “About Us” section.


Patent in Europe

Patent Services in European Union

We offer an extensive variety of services oriented to the analysis and protection of the inventions of our clients. If you need guidance for your patent filing or your National Phases in Europe do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Patent drafts

    We will prepare the patent draft in you required.

  • Local Filing

    File your local application in Europe

  • National Phases

    Have your different patent applications centralized.

Design Services in Europe

If your company or you as a sole inventor are launching a new product in Europe, it is always recommendable to apply for an industrial design protection.  Consider that a design patent granted will protect the aesthetic aspects of your new product preventing unauthorized copying or imitation by others, also will add value to your product and company.

  • Design drawings

    We offer professional drawings services in order to allow the applicant a proper filing.

  • Design Search

    We offer international design search and analysis services.

  • Design Applications

    We will file your design in almost any country you need.