Roundtable: Tips on EPO filings
Niklas Mattsson and Fabian Edlund of Awapatent talk to James Nurton of Managing IP about recent developments at the EPO and practical strategies for applicants who are unfamiliar with the European patent system
James Nurton: What are the advantages of
the EPO? How well do you think it is working and how does it
compare with filing national patents in Europe?
Niklas Mattsson: The basic advantage of
using the EPO rather than national filings is that you are able
to centralise and use only one application to reach the 38
member states of the European Patent Organisation. If you are
seeking protection in all of those countries then you can
streamline and save costs. The EPO is also a large office with
well-trained staff; they have professional routines, very
advanced online filing tools and online register tools that
make it easy for a practitioner to work with them in
prosecuting a patent application and opposing patents. It's
really the default route for IP practitioners.
JN: Over the years that you have worked
with the office has it changed very much, particularly as
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