The European patent provides protection through direct European patent application, designating those European states where protection is sought and that are part of the European Patent Convention.
Patent registration provides protection for 20 years from the date of application and cannot be extended. The patent gives the owner the right to exclusive use and exploitation of the invention protected by the patent and the right to prevent any person from manufacturing, offering, marketing or using a product covered by the patent. If the patent is a process, the protection conferred shall extend to the product directly obtained by the patented process. Obligation to work by the owner or by an authorized third party.
What is the PCT?
The PCT facilitates the processing of applications for the international protection of inventions when such protection is desired in several countries, it only covers those countries of the world among the signatories of the PCT Treaty (136 to January 1, 2007).
PCT stands for: "Patent Cooperation Treaty".
How can it be requested?
From a patent or utility model previously requested in Spain.
It is not a procedure for granting patents, nor does it replace national concessions, but rather a system that unifies the processing prior to granting.
This procedure allows you to "buy time", since it can delay your decision to enter the national phase for up to 30 months from the international or priority filing date, if applicable, and keep your invention secret for a minimum of 18 months, which It can help you boost your viability and save you unnecessary expense.
The SPTO acts as the receiving office for international PCT applications whose holders are Spanish.
And among all the most interesting is the European Patent.