Germany
Supported patent filings

European Validation
Deadline: N/A
London Agreement? Yes
Official Language: English, French and German
Translations Required: No
Forms: No
PCT National Phase Entry
Deadline: 31 months
Power of Attorney: No
Assignments: No
Language: German
Translation Extension: No
Excess Claims Fee: Yes*
Examination Request: Optional at filing or deferred
Country Notes:

* In Germany, the excess claims fees are based on the application as published and it is therefore not possible to reduce claims fees by amendment at national phase entry. Furthermore, an amendment with additional claims will incur further excess claims fees. Any amendments made will incur additional translation costs.


• Germany is automatically included in a European (EPO) regional phase filing.

Direct Filing
Deadline: 12 months
Power of Attorney: No
Assignments: No
Language: German
Translation Extension: No
Excess Claims Fee: Yes
Examination Request: Optional at filing or deferred
Country Notes:

• A certified copy of the Priority Document needs to be filed within 16 months from the earliest priority date (with details needed at filing).


• The translation must be filed within three months of the filing date [Note: this is different to national phase entry applications where the translation cannot be filed late].


• Germany is automatically included in a European (EPO) regional phase filing.

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