How do I apply for a unitary patent, and in which language?
Any inventor will be able to apply to the EPO for a unitary EU patent providing protection in all the 25 EU member states concerned. Patents will be made available in English, French and German.
Applications for patents with unitary effect, including the patent specifications, will have to be submitted in English, German or French. If submitted in another language, they will have to be accompanied by a translation into one of these three languages.
During an initial transition period, if the application or its translation is in English, it will have to be translated into French or German. If it is presented in or translated into French or German, it will have to be translated into English.
Translation costs will be fully reimbursed for EU-based small and medium-sized enterprises, natural persons, non-profit organisations, universities and public research organisations.