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Patent and Inventing Discussion => Patent Questions and Advice => Topic started by: DannieW on January 10, 2019, 05:08:47 AM

Title: USA Patents in the UK and Europe
Post by: DannieW on January 10, 2019, 05:08:47 AM
Hey,

I am new to all of this.

But I was wondering are US Patents also covered in the UK and Europe territories? Or do you need another Patent for the UK and Europe?

Thanks
Title: Re: USA Patents in the UK and Europe
Post by: Brad on January 10, 2019, 09:26:49 AM
Each country has their own patent office.   In Europe you can file and have your patent examined in the central European Patent Office but eventually if you want protection in each individual country you have to pay a fee to nationalize your patent in each country (UK, Germany, Italy, etc.)

Sadly there is no global or international patent office.   

There is something called a "PCT Patent Application" which is a process (not a patent) to file a single application that acts as an international placeholder of sorts, essentially buying you up to 30 months to later file your application in each individual country.  More on this here:  https://patentfile.org/how-to-turn-your-provisional-patent-application-into-an-international-patent-application/