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Guide for applicants, Part 1: How to get a European patent

 
 
Entitlement to file European patent applications
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A European patent application may be filed by any natural or legal person, or any body equivalent to a legal person, irrespective of nationality and place of residence or business (but see point 58).
A European patent application may also be filed by joint applicants or by two or more applicants designating different contracting states; where there are different applicants for different contracting states, they are regarded as joint applicants for the purposes of proceedings before the EPO (see also point 64).