3d Printing: medical revolution

As we often do in our blog, we talk today about 3D printing, convinced that it is a real huge technological advance who made possible things we could not even imagine until a few years ago.

The globalization of this technology will help in rapid generation of prototyping tools, which will necessarily reduce costs and time in the research process. In the meanwhile, 3d printing has already various industrial and commercial uses: from architecture, aerospace, automotive safety and medical technology.

Between all the revolutionary creations that a printable world has made possible, the impact 3d printing has in medical technology it is simply amazing.
In the following video, we are going to see some of the greatest use of 3d printing applied to medical use: the printing of body parts such as robot hands.

2019-04-19T06:20:22+02:00Categories: Patents|Tags: |

How to patent a mobile application?

Given the enormous boom of computer applications created for smartphones and tablets, many people get into this new and growing market looking for business success. Certainly, one of the first questions that arise is how to patent a mobile application and consequently we run into many queries about the proper protection of such apps.

That is why we would like to share the most frequent doubts and mistakes we usually find and the answers about it.

Usually, is used the expression “patenting a mobile application” to refer to its protection.

Technically computer applications are not patentable in Europe since the European Patent convention explicitly excludes in its article 52, paragraph 2, the patentability of computer programs.

Patents are used only for the protection of inventions, intending for invention any technical solution to a technical problem. So, it can be deduced that if the mobile application produces a technical effect or it might produce it, then it is patentable.

To determine whether or not an application is patentable is essential to have as an ally a team of professionals such as Protectia. In practice most mobile applications, and computer programs in general, has not technical nature.

Clarified that in Europe most mobile applications are not patentable, we are going to show which could be the best alternatives ways of protecting an application.

The application development itself and its later commercialisation involve different needs which must be considered independently:

  1. The name of mobile applications can be/ must be registered as a trademark.
  2. The application interfaces can also be protected.
  3. Its intellectual authorship can be/ must be also provided.

We are pleased to guide you about each one of these possibilities and we remain at your disposal to clarify, analyse and adapt them to your specific needs.

2019-04-19T06:20:23+02:00Categories: Patents|Tags: , |

European Patent maintenance. EPO’s annuities payment

¨The processing of European Patents requires the payment of annuities for the maintenance until granting.¨

european patent maintenancePatenting in Europe presents the administrative curiosity of requiring the payment of annuities for the maintenance from the processing to the granting of the patent in the European Patent Office (EPO). If the payment of such annuities is not made within the accorded terms, the pending patent is lost becoming part of the prior art and of public domain.


In this situation of loss for non-payment of maintenance there is the possibility of restoring the right within a maximum period of one year, as long as some evidence of a greater cause are provided along with the filing of the application.

Obviously, since the processing of a European Patent by its very nature implies a period of more than 2 years, the first 2 annuities for maintenance are included in the application fee. From the third year begins the payment of maintenance until granting. It is worth noting that the more years of processing have a European patent, the higher is its maintenance fee.

European patent maintenance: terms for the payment european patent annuities

  • Payments for the maintenance of a European Patent which is being processed can be made from 3 months before the reference date. This reference is the first application date.


2019-04-19T06:20:24+02:00Categories: Patents|Tags: |

How much does it cost to patent in Spain?

The issue of most concern to everyone who asks us about the possible protection of an invention is how much it costs to patent.

In these times it is a logical question, but from our point of view what really should be of their concern is to know whether their invention is patentable or not. We already discussed this subject on a previous post: “Is my invention patentable?”

In the following lines, we intend to throw light on the costs involved in getting a patent in Spain, once the invention is valued and decided that is worth a patent for its protection.

How much does it cost to patent in Spain. Application

First of all, is important to remember that patents in Spain are processed by the SPTO, Spanish Patent and Trademark Office.

Developing a patent application in the proper way is a quite tedious task which involves a specific knowledge of the matter and experience, especially in the writing of the specification of the invention usually attached to the application.

The official rate of a patent application in Spain today is 74,92 €. If the patent application in Spain is made claiming international priority from another country, the fee of foreign priority of 19,85€ is needed to be added.

In case of going to an Industrial Property agency, which is highly recommended, professional fees must be added to this amount, which range between 900 and 3000€, depending on the complexity of the case and the rate of each professional.

These costs include: the development of the specification by high qualified technicians and, if necessary, planes or figures; talso he correct filing of the application and its active monitoring.

2019-04-19T06:20:26+02:00Categories: Patents|Tags: |