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:
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.