The European Patent Office accepts applications under the European Patent Convention (EPC) and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
The applicant may file patent application at EPO or in individual countries via the National Route. When the applicant intends to apply for a patent in few European countries, he may choose the national route and file his application at the IP offices in the countries for which he wishes to seek protection.
- Direct filing route
- Convention Route
- PCT Route
- Divisional application