After filing, the Application is searched & an opinion given on patentability. You have max. 2.5 years after the first filing to decide which of countries (up to 153) to pursue rights.
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.
Most countries have provisions which may help if secrets are stolen. From 1 July 2018, a harmonised legal system will be in place in all EU states to take actions against those who steal Trade Secrets, and third-parties who profit from these stolen secrets.
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.