A US patent attorney who sends me work asked the following question:
Hi Bastian. I have a question: a group of German citizens wants to file a U.S. nonprovisional application, before they file anything in Germany or Europe. How can they do that, and if there is anything that needs to happen in Germany (or EPO) can you help us with it?
Here’s my answer:
German law is rather relaxed in this regard. Only if the patent application contains a state secret, the applicant has to request a security review in Germany before any foreign filing. But these cases are rare, e.g. when the application concerns military or nuclear technology.
In all other cases, they are free to file outside Germany and there is nothing to be done in Germany before the foreign filing.