12 months from priority date – for Paris Convention
31 months from earliest priority date – for PCT National Phase
Filing: the application with all required documents - 12 months from priority date for Paris Convention or 31 months from first priority for PCT national phase.
Formal examination: checking on formal requirements/documentation
Patent Search: requested at filing
Publication: 18 months from priority date/filing date
For Paris Convention: within 6 months from publication date
For National Phase: within 31 months from priority or 6 months from publication of ISR, whichever expires later.
Notice of Substantive Results: deadline for each Office Action to be computed by Patent Office
Grant: Issuance fee to be paid within 4 months from date of notice of allowance – English claims to be translated into German and French
Validation: Once grant is published, patentee to choose countries to validate the patent, which include submission of translated specification and/or claims for countries requires national language text.
Annuity: Commence 2nd year after filing and annually thereafter [upon grant of the EP application, annual renewal to be paid in individual validated countries]
Protection period: 20 years from the filing subject to payment of maintenance fees.
Estimate time to obtain grant for straight forward case approximately 3-5 years from filing.
No Utility Innovation/Model application in EPO
TRADEMARKS FILLING REQUIREMENTS
Registrable Trade Mark
Extension of time for responding to Office Action
Allowed with cost
Registration Protection Period
10 years from filing date
Renewable thereafter for successive period of 10 years. Renewal fees must be paid before the expiry date but not more than 6 months prior to expiry. Late renewals are available normally up to 6 months after expiry date with payment of late fees.
Time frame for Registration
Where Priority is claimed
Certified copy of the Priority Document. If the document is not in English, please provide a translation of the same.
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