Regional Phase: This occurs at the end of the international phase of a PCT international application. The applicant has the option of progressing the application in individual countries and/or a number of specially defined regions. These regions are: Europe (37 Member States), Eurasia (9 Member States, with the official language being Russian), OAPI (16 primarily French speaking countries in Africa) and ARIPO (16 other Member States across Africa).
Regional Stage: see Regional Phase
Register of Patents:
Renewal Fee: A renewal fee (also known as an Annuity, Annuity Fee or Maintenance Fee) is an official Government fee payable to the relevant Patent Office to keep a Patent, Registered Design and Trademark in force. A renewal fee is usually payable annually. Albright Patents LLP provides a very cost-effective renewal fee service for all countries globally, and which includes sending of reminders when the renewal becomes due and payment of the renewal on your behalf.
Reinstatement: This applies when a patent application has been refused or treated as withdrawn due to a missed deadline. There is a deadline associated with applying for reinstatement and certain conditions that have to be met.
Representation: If you live outside Europe, then when you file a European Patent Application, you will need someone to act on you behalf, eg a European Patent Attorney at Albright Patents.
Restoration: If a patent has lapsed due to non-payment of renewal fees, then it may be possible under certain conditions to restore the patent and bring it back into force. These conditions include payment of the outstanding renewal fees and making a request for restoration to the patent office with reasons explaining the non-payment of renewal fees.
Revocation: This is when a patent, registered design or trademark is challenged during legal proceedings and officially cancelled or nullfied as if it never took effect.
Right to Apply/Right to Obtain