https://www.epo.org/en/node/startup-guide

Startup guide

The EPO supports inventors, startups, and university researchers by granting high-quality patents. But we do so much more for innovators! Our free Deep Tech Finder connects potential investors with over 8 300 investment-ready European startups with EPO patent applications. Our public patent database Espacenet has over 150 million technical documents to help with R&D and to find partners, licensees and investors. We administer the new Unitary Patent system that is reducing costs and complexity for protecting inventions in Europe.

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Are you new to patents?

Do you wonder if a patent help your business, but don’t know where to start? What lies ahead? Are you even ready?

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Patents, trade marks and startup finance

Startups with pan-European patents and trade marks are up to 10 times more likely to attract investments. 

 

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Fee reductions for small entities

Patenting is getting cheaper. We just introduced 30% reductions on patent application fees.

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Unitary patent and Unitary patent court

Unitary Patent & Unified Patent Court

The new Unitary Patent is making it easy and cheaper to protection inventions more widely across Europe.

 

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Searching for patents

Free patent information provides insights into the latest technologies and helps you find new partners, suppliers and customers.

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Explore deep tech in Europe

Find investment-ready European Deep Tech startups; inspect their patent portfolio and funding history; or find an investor.

 

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Digital technologies and patents 

Are inventions that run in software patentable? What about inventions using artificial intelligence?

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Technology platforms

EPO examiners share their vast know-how, writing ready-made expert searches that run in our free database.

 

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"Talk Innovation" podcast

"Talk innovation" podcast

Listen to innovators in science and engineering, startups, technology transfer experts, economists and patent attorneys

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Observatory on Patents and Technology

Want to know more about the future of innovation? Learn more about the many different stakeholders and join the debate!