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Questions about patents

/Questions about patents

Why should I apply for a patent?

January 1st, 2016|

A patent is the strongest intellectual property right that you can obtain. Here we show you more about the characteristics of patents and here you will find an overview about alternatives to patent protection.

Can I apply for a patent without consulting a patent attorney?

January 1st, 2016|

Yes, you can. However, even patent offices advise you to appoint a patent attorney as representative if you do not experience at your disposal about how to write an application.

How long does take until a patent is granted?

January 1st, 2016|

This question cannot be answered on a general basis. It depends very much on how unique your invention is and how often you have to correspond with the patent office. An excellent patent attorney can shorten the process significantly. For sure, it will take a few years from application filing to patent grant. The European […]

How can I search for existing patents?

January 1st, 2016|

A preliminary patent search for prior art can be performed by yourself. Here you can find a description of important free of charge online databases, provided by patent offices and Google. Follow this approach for a first overview of existing knowledge in the field of your invention.

You will develop an idea whether a professional patent […]

What does the patent family size illustrate?

January 1st, 2016|

After filing of the first patent application, applicants are given up to 12 months for filing patent applications in other countries that relate to the same invention. All of these applications that refer to the same so-called priority application form a patent family. The larger the patent family, the more extensive patent protection. Since each […]