European Patent application: annual results 2014

Last week, EPO (European Patent Office) has published its annual report 2014 where the latest trends on patents activity are presented.

2014 has been a very positive year for the EPO. Besides the increase in filings, EPO have been certified ISO 9001 being the first office among the IP5 (the five biggest offices in the world) to obtain this certification for the whole granting process.

Before digging into numbers and analyzing deeply the applications trend (we will do it in another post), we would like to present the data provided through the following EPO’s short video on annual report 2014

As we could see, good news is that total European Patent filings in 2014 have grown steadily from the past 5 years (i.e considering the period 2010-2014), with an increase of 3,1% in 2014 reaching the record number of 274.174 patent filing.  (more…)

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Morocco joins the European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the Moroccan government have reached an agreement whereby from March 1, 2015 will be possible to perform validation of European patents in Morocco.

Therefore, Morocco becomes the first country non-member of the European Patent Office that validates the granting of European patents in its territory, which is a big jump in its legislation and a new incentive for investment.

As in all European Patents validation, the evaluated granting is equated with the one obtained within the patents processed as nationals. I.e.: European Patents valid in Morocco shall have the same legal effect as national patents, and shall be subject to Moroccan Patents Law.


2019-04-19T06:20:13+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: |

Record of European Patent applications in 2013

Last Wednesday, the European Patent Office (EPO) has published annual statistical results, concerning the year 2013, on the status of European patent applications.

European patent applicationThe results are encouraging for the future of the “old continent”: in fact, patent applications filed before the EPO grew 2, 8% over the previous year.