PATENT FILING IN SPAIN
Spain is a sovereign state located in southwestern Europe. Spain’s economy is the 14th largest worldwide and the 5th largest in the European Union. Spain joined WIPO in 1970 followed by joining EPO in 1986. As per the World Bank’s latest annual ratings, Spain is ranked 32 among 190 economies in the ease of doing business. The expanding economy of Spain and the supporting government policies are key factors for the encouragement of Spain’s patent applications over the last few years. With the vision of the Spanish government for boosting the patent filings, GPF is dedicated in providing the one stop solution of all the requirements of patent filings. GPF can assist in efficiently and promptly, using accurate translations, filing of patent applications. GPF along with Khurana and Khurana, Advocates and IP Attorneys (K&K) has tremendous experience in dealing with Patent Filing/Prosecution as per Spanish Patent Laws, and can assist in hand-holding through the complete prosecution lifecycle of a Patent.
- Details of PCT application.
A patent can be filed in Spain as any of the following formats in Spanish:
Paris Convention based national entry.
PCT National Phase based national entry.
Request for examination has to be made within 15 months from the international filing date.
At the time of examination, the Patent Office will issue the Examination Report (FER) / Office Action with a set of objections/requirements response to which must be filed within 2 months from the date of issue of the FER.
Publication of Spanish patents is done within 18 months of priority date.
Annuity for 3’rd year onwards is to be paid after grant of the Patent. Protection of the Patent is for 20 years from the International Filing Date.