an average cost of an European patent
An average cost of an European patent
A survey showed that registering a patent in eight countries
for a ten-year period costed on average around 30,000 EUR.
Four key factors determined this amount:
The translation costs have been the main reason why an European patent has been much more expensive
than a comparable US or JP patent. See also an analysis of
the European Commission. However, translation lobby has been quite powerful.
Numerous attempts to enable maintaining an European patent in a single language
until a further translation were legally needed (court injunction, patent infringement, etc.)
failed till very recently. For further details I recommed personally a very recent free available publication
Lost property: The European patent system and why it doesn't work
by Bruno van Pottelsberghe.
- costs relating to the registration procedure (4,300 EUR)
- the cost of professional representation (attorneys) that accompanied the request
for a patent (5,000 EUR)
- costs relating to the translation of patents into the languages of the
countries where the patent was registered (11,000 EUR or 40% of the total cost!!!)
- renewal of patent registrations in the relevant national patent offices (9,000 EUR)
At last, on December 11, 2012, it has been finally decided to abolish the above praxis.
That was the day when
EU Parliament approved EU unitary patent rules.
See also European Parliament breaks patent translation deadlock
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