Last checked: 26/08/2022


Your rights

Registering a patent gives you exclusive rights (In this case, the 27 EU member states) over your invention for a limited period, normally 20 years. Other people cannot make, use, offer for sale, sell or import a product or a process based on your patented invention. You can give someone else temporary permission to use the invention through a patent license agreement or sell the patent to someone else. You cannot renew a patent after it expires.

What a patent protects

Use a patent to protect your technical inventions: new products or services which involve an inventive step and have industrial application.

If you want to know if something similar to your invention has already been patented, read the European Patent OfficeOpen as an external link's patent search FAQOpen as an external link and consult the Espacenet databaseOpen as an external link.

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