After filing at the EPO, the application is searched & examined. After grant, it may be validated in up to 38 countries including the EU states, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland & Turkey. With an additional fee, validation may be possible in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cambodia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco & Tunisia.
After filing at the NL Patent Office, the Application is searched & an opinion given on patentability. It is granted shortly after publication, which is 1.5 years after the first filing.
A Registered Community Design (RCD) provides protection for the appearance of a product for up to 25 years in all EU states. Protects the "look and feel" of these products - shapes, ornamentation, colours etc. Frequently used for User Interfaces.
To help protect Trade Secrets and sensitive company information like production processes, recipes & finishing steps. Online deposits may be made of videos, documents, drawings, source code, etc. (max. 100 MB per upload) can be regularly made to prove what was known on a particular date.
Articles and links about local, regional, national & European possibilites for Startups to find extra funds.