The basic principle of the European Patent Convention is that a patent application provides the same rights as a granted patent, so parties should be able to exclude others from making, using and selling their invention. However, it is possible for member states to limit the effects of the patent application in their national law. In this interview, European and Belgian Patent Attorney Stijn Lagaert discusses the provisional protection conferred by European patent applications.


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