IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO PROTECT YOUR INVENTION IN SEVERAL EUROPEAN STATES...
Several conventions exist between States which simplify the procedures for obtaining patents abroad. One of them, in force since 1978, is the European Patent Convention (EPC) which allows, through a single procedure, to obtain a patent valid in all the Contracting States, or part of them, in which the Applicant has interest to have a patent coverage and which are therefore specifically designated.
The present Contracting States are Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Morocco (new!), Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Monaco, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (+ Liechtenstein) and Turkey.
It is also possible to request for territorial extension of the European patent to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, which will shortly become Contracting States of the European Patent Convention.
The procedure provides for the filing of an application, which can claim the priority of a preceding Italian or foreign patent application, a prior art search and an examination from the European Patent Office to verify that the invention intended to be patented is novel and involves inventive matter. Once granted, the European patent is valid in each designated State in which a complete translation into the local language has been filed or, if not required, a local representative has been designated.