National Patent Filings vs. EP Patent Application

A Comparison of Filing Strategies - November 2017

For decades, filing with the EPO was the standard approach for obtaining patent protection in Europe. The approach of directly filing in the desired countries is becoming more and more popular, for many reasons. The EPO has become very formalistic, and direct filings are not necessarily more expensive if an intelligent filing strategy is being used. We show how effective a bundle of national applications can be.

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