National Way

Patent is a title that gives its holder the exclusive right, during a period of time, to manufacture, use or sell the invention, and in consequence, stop others from doing so without his consent.

The patent is intended for inventions that solve technical problems by means of a new mechanism or product, or new processes to obtain a product, substance or composition already known.

Valid for 20 years.

European Community Way

Having the same objective as the patent referred to above, its concession process is attributed to the European Patent Organisation (EPO)

An european patent can be effective in 31 signing countries if the formalities imposed by each country for its validation are complied.

Relevant Legislation

- Convenção de Munique Sobre a Patente Europeia, assinada em 1973
- Decreto-Lei nº 36/2003 de 5 de Março

International Way

The Patent Cooperation Treaty is an international treaty that aims to simplify and unify the procedural formalities of obtaining patents in about 128 countries.

This process allows the protection to be less expensive and with the possibility of continuous evaluation regarding the success or insuccess.

Relevant Legislation

- Tratado de Cooperação em Matéria de Patentes, assinado em Washington em 1970
- Decreto-Lei nº 36/2003 de 5 de Março