National Phase Alternatives

There is no escaping the fact that the EPO fees are heavy. There are also grant costs. A limited number of national phase filings can be advantageous.

UK NATIONAL PHASE

A UK national phase is cheap, cheerful and good value for money. Typically the filing cost for a case already translated into English is:

Official Fee £250
Service Charge £750
Total £1,000

 

GERMAN NATIONAL PHASE

We can arrange prosecution of a German national phase or you may like to instruct a German Patentanwalt directly. The entire specification does have to be translated into German. The advantages of a German Patent are that the country is large and the Dusseldorf infringement court is very experienced.

FRENCH NATIONAL PHASE

This is not a possibility.

NATIONAL PHASES ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE

These are possible in most countries. Translation is often required.

A national phase where a competitor is particularly active can be advantageous.