EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE (EPO)
European Patent Office:
The European Patent Office is one of 2 organs of the European Patent Organisation (EPOrg), the other being the Administrative Council. The EPO acts as executive body for the organization while the Administrative Council acts as its supervisory body as well as, to a limited extent, its legislative body. Within the European Patent Office, examiners are in charge of studying European patent applications, filed by applicants, in order to decide whether to grant a patent for an invention. The European Patent Office (EPO) grants European patents for the Contracting States to the European Patent Convention. The EPO provides a single patent grant procedure, but not a single patent from the point of view of enforcement. Hence the patents granted are not European Union patents or even Europe-wide patents, but a bundle of national patents. Besides granting European patents, the EPO is also in charge of establishing search reports for national patent applications on behalf of the patent offices of France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, San Marino, Lithuania, Latvia and Monaco.
Reasons to use/contact EPO:
European Patents information, Search for a Patent, Apply for a Patent, Patent Law & Practice etc