At the present time the centrally granted European patent breaks apart into national rights. In most countries certified translations in one of the national languages will have to be filed for this purpose by a local patent attorney. In a number of European countries however, including the Netherlands, it is sufficient to submit a translation of only the claims instead of the full text; this will often mean a significant saving in translation costs. In respect of the further maintenance and enforcement of the patent, the patent granted by way of the European route can be compared to a national patent. This means that the possible maintenance fees must be paid to the national patent offices and that use must be made for enforcement purposes of national legal procedures.