The European Patents validation take place after the granting of a patent filed in the European Patent Office (EPO).
Spain, as a member of the European Patent Convention, allows the holder of a patent granted by the EPO to move this concession to the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO) within a maximum period of 3 months from the declaration of granting.
For this validation being able to be carried out, the specification of the patent should be fully translated into Spanish before being deposited into the SPTO. On the other hand, if the European patent applicant is not residing in Spain he will need the representation of a Spanish Patent and Trademark attorney for which he shall sign a simple authorization of representation. In this authorization the involvement of a notary or equivalent is not required. (more…)