For some years now, inter­na­tio­nal com­pa­nies that used to use the Euro­pean Patent Office almost exclu­si­ve­ly have been filing more and more natio­nal IP rights in Ger­ma­ny, Fran­ce and the United King­dom – a trend that is likely to inten­si­fy with the intro­duc­tion of the Com­mu­ni­ty patent and the com­ple­ti­on of Bre­x­it, espe­cial­ly sin­ce the­re is alrea­dy a clear cost advan­ta­ge in terms of offi­cial fees. An average Euro­pean patent app­li­ca­ti­on with 10 claims cos­ts around 8,000 euros in offi­cial fees over a peri­od of seven years, while the same app­li­ca­ti­on as a natio­nal app­li­ca­ti­on in Ger­ma­ny, Fran­ce and the UK only incurs offi­cial fees of just under 2,500 euros. It is the­re­fo­re worth con­si­de­ring natio­nal app­li­ca­ti­ons, even if trans­la­ti­on cos­ts are then incur­red. As a pan-Euro­pean law firm with offices in the UK, Fran­ce and Ger­ma­ny, we can also offer direct repre­sen­ta­ti­on befo­re the­se (from a patent law per­spec­ti­ve still most important) Euro­pean offices.