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European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) grants European patents. Despite what the name suggests, these are not European Community patents or even Europe-wide patents. The European Patent Convention, according to which the EPO was founded, provides a single patent grant procedure, but not yet a single patent. After grant, the European patent becomes a number ("bundle") of national patents.

The EPO is seated in Munich, Germany with a branch in Rijswijk, near the Hague, Netherlands, Vienna and Berlin

External links

Official EPO Homepage (http://www.epo.org)

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