Here you can find the most commonly requested information about the EPO and our services.
Answers to questions such as: What are patents for? What other forms of intellectual property (IP) are there? How can you find out if your invention is new?
Answers to questions about the process of filing for a patent, related fees and costs and the lifecycle of patent applications:
Answers to questions about patent procedures – including recent changes to them – and legal topics such as the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court, divided into the following categories:
Answers to the most frequently asked questions on the following online services:
Answers to questions on searching for patents and other topics related to patent information and documentation:
Answers to further questions on searching for patents:
Answers to questions on the European qualifying examination (EQE) and the IP Teaching Kit:
Answers to questions about the following aspects of the EPO and our activities: