European Patent Search Examination and Grant

Before we draft your application, we strongly advise you to ask us to conduct a patentability search of your invention, and to make an assessment as to whether your invention is likely to meet the requirements of the European Patent Convention (EPC). This helps you to save your financial sources, and to more effectively manage your resources for research and development.

After we file your European patent application, the EPO draws up a European search report (ESR), listing all the documents available to the Office that may be relevant to assessing novelty and inventive step. The European search report is based on the patent claims but also takes into account the description and any drawings.

Immediately after it has been drawn up, the European search report is sent to the applicant together with a copy of any cited documents and an initial opinion as to whether the claimed invention and the application meet the requirements of the European Patent Convention. After the request for examination has been made, the European Patent Office examines whether the European patent application and the invention meet the requirements of the European Patent Convention and whether a patent can be granted.

If the responsible examining division of the EPO decides that a patent can be granted, it issues a decision to that effect. The granted European patent is a "bundle" of individual national patents.

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