Time for a rethink? National IP rights on the rise.

Time for a rethink? National IP rights on the rise.

For some years now, international companies that used to use the European Patent Office almost exclusively have been filing more and more national patent applications in Germany, France and the United Kingdom – a trend that is likely to intensify with the introduction of the Community patent and the completion of Brexit, especially since there is already a clear cost advantage in terms of official fees. An average European patent application with 10 claims costs around 8,000 euros in official fees over a period of seven years, while the same application as a national application in Germany, France and the UK only incurs official fees of just under 2,500 euros. It is therefore worth considering national applications, even if translation costs are then incurred. As a pan-European law firm with offices in the UK, France and Germany, we can also offer direct representation before these (from a patent law perspective still most important) European offices.