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Patent in Poland

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Step number Step corresponding information
step 1

 Prepare a patent specification which includes:

- a written description of the invention (to allow others to see the invention),

- drawings (when necessary; to illustrate your invention),

- claims (precise legal statements in a form of single sentences to define the technical features),

- abstract (a summary that includes the important technical aspects).

NOTICE: Applicants not having their domicile or seat in the territory of the Republic of Poland must appoint a local patent agent.

Here's a link to the list of patent representatives: http://www.rzecznikpatentowy.org.pl/index.php?gora=5

step 2

You fill in and file the form "Request for grant of a patent" with the Polish Patent Office (PPO) together with three identical copies of your patent specification.
You can also file your application via fax, but in this case you have to provide us, within 30 days from the filing date, with original copy of the application.

Together with filing the request form you must pay an appropriate application fee.

or using the software epoline® Online Filing (eOLF) http://www.epo.org/applying/online-services/online-filing/national/pl.html

step 3

We respond by issuing a filing receipt which includes an application number and date of filing.

step 4

 First phase of the examination:

- formal examination,

- search report,

The Patent Office shall draw up a search report containing the citations of the documents which may be taken into consideration in evaluating the invention claimed in the application and sent to the applicant.

- publication of the application.

We publish your patent application in the PPO's first-level Official Gazette  (Biuletyn Urzedu Patentowego) shortly after 18 months from your filing date (or priority date), as long as you have not withdrawn the application. The applicant may, within a period of 12 months from the priority date, request publication at an earlier date (in this case an additional fee must be paid).

Register Plus is an online publication, where you may find information about application (description, claims, drawings, abstract, search report and bibliographic data) - http://regserv.uprp.pl/register/regviewer

step 5

Second phase of the examination:

-substantive examination (we examine novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability of your invention).

step 6

When we examine your application, we let you know what, if anything, needs to be amended or completed and the period of time for you to respond.

If your application meets all the requirements of the Polish Industrial Property Law (The consolidated text of the act is available in English at: http://www.uprp.pl/akty-prawne/Lead03,13,1315,1b,index,pl,text/podstawowe-obowiazujace-akty-prawne/Lead03,50,262,1b,index,pl,text/), we will grant you a patent and send you a certificate of grant. We will also publish information on your granted patent in the  PPO's second-level Official Gazette (Wiadomosci Urzedu Patentowego) which is issued on a monthly basis.

Patent protection has a term of 20 years beginning on the date of filing.

NOTICE: A patent is granted subject to payment of a fee for the first protection period. Failure to pay the fee within the prescribed time limit results in declaring by the Patent Office that the decision on the grant of the patent has lapsed.

Granted patents (full texts of Polish patent specifications) are available in PDF format on the Publication Server - http://pubserv.uprp.pl/PublicationServer/index.php?jezyk=en

step 7 NOTICE: During the examination of the patent application or within two months from the date on which a decision to refuse a patent becomes final, the applicant may request utility model protection. The utility model application shall be deemed to have been filed on the filing date of the original patent application.