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EP Validation Network

EP Validation Network

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We can offer validation services for European Patents through an outstanding network of corresponding agents and law firms in all EPO member and extension states.

Validation is the process of registering a granted European Patent (EP) in the individual spezific countries where it will become enforceable.
Since the EP has been granted by the European Patent Office the patent will not go through further substantive examinations by the national patent offices.
The validation process typically involves the filing of specific translations of all or part of the patent, the payment of the national official fees and the filing of validation related forms.
The timeframe within the national phase validation must be carried out is usually 3 months from the grant date of the EP.
Some jurisdication allow an extension of the deadline, which may presuppose specific conditions.

Advantages of our streamlined EP Validation Process

Commonly EP Validations are handled by instructed local agents to attend to the national filing requirements.
Dealing with each individual agent is time consuming and usually involves many follow-ups, which may result in chains of error-prone coordination work. Delays, inaccurately estimated fees and possible loss of oversight make the common process very inefficient and cost intensive.

We have developed a streamlined validation process which gives you the following core advantages:

  • Only one instruction and a single point of contact
  • Local expertise from an outstanding network of selected highly reliable agents and law firms
  • Increase efficiency and optimize costs — We take over all coordination work
  • Clear and easy fee structure, no hidden charges
  • Up front guaranteed pricing — avoid fluctuations caused by exchange rate variations
  • Only one currency: All fees will be charged in Euro, so you don't have to deal with different currencies.
  • Invisibility — We can operate in the background so that your clients will not know about us

How it works

We turn EP Validations into a fast forward and easy process:

  1. Simply provide us with the EP number and the countries you wish to validate, and you will receive the guaranteed pricing for the coordination- and filing work.
  2. Place your order and receive the POA documents (if required), which need to be signed and returned. Also you are notified of the translation requirements.
  3. We start the national validations by instructing our corresponding local agents and carry out all coordination works.

Required translations have to be provided within specific time limits.


Overview of national EP Validation Requirements

The translation and POA requirements vary significantly between the different countries:

  1. Translation requirements for countries which are part of the London Agreement
  2. Translation requirements for countries which are not part of the London Agreement
  3. Power of Attorney requirements

1. Countries part of the London Agreement   .   EP Translation Requirements

The London Agreement (Agreement on the application of Article 65 EPC) is aiming at reducing the costs relating to the translation of European Patents.
There are two groups of countries which form part of the London Agreement:

  • Group A — Countries sharing an official EPO languages English, German or French;
  • Group B — Countries having another official language than English, German or French;

Group A — No Translation required

Regardless of the grant language of the EP a translation is not required for countries which are part of the London Agreement and also share an official EPO language (English, German or French) — These countries are Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland/Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom.

For the purpose of receiving and forwarding communications and notifications issued by the National Patent Offices, we can arrange the registration of an "Address for Service" for these countries through our network of corresponding agents.

Group B — Translation requirements for specification and claims

The following requirements for the translation of the patent specification and the claims apply to the group of countries which are part of the London Agreement, but do not share an official EPO language (English, German or French):

  • Specification: States falling into this group have to select one of the three official EPO languages which is accepted for the translation of the patent specification. Currently all of these states have selected English, which means that a translation of the patent specification is only required in case the EP has been granted in German or French. There are no further requirements if the EP was granted in English.
  • Claims: Regardless of the grant language of the EP the claims are required to be translated into one of the offical languages or into the prescribed offical language of the specific country;

Country Claims
Specification (Description)

States part of the London Agreement, but not having in common an official EPO language:

Regardless of the grant language of the EP a translation of claims is required into:

Only in case of EPs granted in French or German a translation of specification may be required — Accepted translation language:

Albania AL Albanian English accepted
Croatia HR Croatian English accepted
Denmark DK Danish English accepted
Finland FI Finnish English accepted
Hungary HU Hungarian English accepted
Iceland IS Icelandic English accepted
Latvia LV Latvian No translation required
Lithuania LT Lithuanian No translation required
Macedonia MK Macedonian No translation required
Netherlands NL Dutch English accepted
Norway NO Norwegian English accepted
Slovenia SI Slovenian No translation required
Sweden SE Swedish English accepted
  Notice: The content above is for information purposes only and may contain simplified information. Further translation requirements such as translations of titles, abstracts, drawings and sequences may apply. Also translation requirements may be subject to change.
  • Always double check all translation requirements with us before taking any action.
  • We will send detailed information on the translation requirements to the applicant relating to which countries are chosen.

2. Countries not part of the London Agreement   .   EP Translation Requirements

Most countries which are not part of the London Agreement require a full translation of the EP into one of the offical languages or into the precribed language.
Countries which do not require a full translation but the translation of the claims are the two extension states Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Country Translation EP Grant Language Note

States which are not part the London Agreement:


Translation into:


A translation is only required in case the EP is granted in:

Further information:

Austria AT German EN, FR No translation for EPs granted in DE
Bosnia & Herzeg. BA Bosnian EN, DE, FR Extension State
Bulgaria BG Bulgarian EN, DE, FR
Cyprus CY Greek EN, DE, FR
Czech Republic CZ Czech EN, DE, FR
Estonia EE Estonian EN, DE, FR
Greece GR Greek EN, DE, FR
Italy IT Italian EN, DE, FR
Malta MT English or Maltese DE, FR No translation for EPs granted in EN
Montenegro ME Montenegrin or Serbian EN, DE, FR Extension State
Poland PL Polish EN, DE, FR
Portugal PT Portuguese EN, DE, FR
Romania RO Romanian EN, DE, FR
San Marino SM Italian EN, DE, FR
Serbia RS Serbian EN, DE, FR
Slovak Republic SK Slovak EN, DE, FR
Spain ES Spanish EN, DE, FR
Turkey TR Turkish EN, DE, FR
  Notice: The content above is for information purposes only and may contain simplified information. Also translation requirements may be subject to change.
  • Always double check all translation requirements with us before taking any action.
  • We will send detailed information on the translation requirements to the applicant relating to which countries are chosen.

3. Power of Attorney   .   Overview on POA Requirements for EP Validations

The POA requirements for EP Validations vary significantly between the different countries.
If required, the Power of Attorney (POA) might be required because it needs to be filed with the National Patent Office or it is required by the local appointed agent.

Country POA required
Copy / Original
General / Specific




Albania AL Yes Original Specific
Austria AT
Bosnia & Herzeg. BA Yes Original Specific
Bulgaria BG Yes Copy accepted Specific
Croatia HR Yes Original Specific
Cyprus CY Yes Original General POA accepted
Czech Republic CZ Yes Original Specific
Denmark DK
Estonia EE
Finland FI
Greece GR Yes Original General POA accepted
Hungary HU Yes Copy accepted Specific
Iceland IS
Italy IT Yes Original General POA accepted
Latvia LV
Lithuania LT Yes Original Specific
Macedonia MK Yes Copy accepted General POA accepted
Malta MT Yes Original General POA accepted
Montenegro ME Yes Original Specific
Netherlands NL
Norway NO Yes Original Specific
Poland PL Yes Original Specific
Portugal PT
Romania RO Yes Original Specific
San Marino SM Yes Original Specific
Serbia RS Yes Original Specific
Slovak Republic SK Yes Original Specific
Slovenia SI Yes Original Specific
Spain ES
Sweden SE
Turkey TR
  Notice: POA requirements may be subject to change.
  • Always double check POA requirements with us before taking any action.
  • We will send detailed information on the POA requirements to the applicant relating to which countries are chosen.

POA requirements for the registration of an "Address for Service"

For the purpose of registering an "Address for Service" a POA is only required for Ireland, Monaco and Switzerland/Liechtenstein. In these cases a simple signature is sufficient. A notarisation is not required.
A POA is not required in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland/Liechtenstein and United Kingdom.


FAQs

A member state is referred to when the state is part of the European Patent Organisation.
The current member states are Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
The current Extension States are Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA) and Montenegro (ME).
The Extension States are not Contracting States to the EPC, but the European Patent Organisation signed Extension Agreements with these states instead.
EP applications can be extended to one or both of the two extension states to extend the effects of the European patent application and the EP granted.
Prior to joining the EPC Albania, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia were all extension states.

In the past more Extension States were available. The number has decreased as extension states have become member states, which are covered by the single designation fee. For divisional applications having an older filing date, more than two extension states may be available.
Since 2010, the European Patent Organisation has signed validation agreements with four non-member states, which all have entered into force.
The so-called "Validation States" include Morocco (MA), the Republic of Moldova (MD), Tunisia (TN) and Cambodia (KH).
Currently we do not offer services for these countries.
We can arrange translation services for all required languages.
Costs for translations will be charged separatly.
A general POA (Power of Attorney) can be used for future validations on behalf of the same applicant.
A POA which is related to a specific patent and cannot be used for the validation of other future applications.