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Patent Filing in France

France is a member of both PCT and Paris Convention. Patent application can be filed in France only by designating France in a European patent application derived from the PCT application.

Term of patent: 20 years from the date of filing of the international application. Patent Office: European Patent Office

 

Paradigm to obtain a patent in France:-
  • Filing of patent application
  • Search report
  • Request for Examination
  • Publication of the application
  • Compliance with the examiners office action
  • Acceptance (Notice of Allowance) or rejection.
  • Payment of the Issue Fees.
  • the first renewal fee is, in fact, paid already in the application phase, at the beginning of the third application year
Documents required for filing of Patent Application in France

PCT National Phase patent filing

  • WIPO publication
  • International search report
  • International preliminary examination report (chapter II)
  • English, French or German translation of the specification and priority documents
  • Power of Attorney
Remarks:
  • France is automatically designated in a European regional/national phase filing.
  • Timeline for national phase entry in France is 31 months