FAQ of the week: What is my deadline for filing in Germany, France, Italy and England?

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Question: What is my deadline for filing in Germany, France, Italy and England?

 

Answer:  There is no current deadline for filing in individual European countries.  We filed a European application through the EPO (European Patent Office), to take advantage of the unified process, and prosecution in English.  Once the EPO grants the application, you will have 9 months to “register” the granted claims in any of the European countries of interest.  By the time the application grants, it might also be possible to take advantage of a pan-European patent.  Bottom line, there is nothing to do until the EPO grants the application.