If I have ask a too many questions, the most important ones are #1 and #5, and answering # 3 may be beneficial to some one here.
I'll answer the not important ones because they're easy :-)
3- Do you have to meet face to face with a PA (Patent Attorney) or will long distance work? I can ship a unit to the PA if necessary.
Face to face is not required. Every patent attorney I know works with inventors who are not local
, using email, fax, phone. And yes, if necessary, FedEx or UPS for stuff that can't be digitized.
6- Is EU covered under one patent? Asia? Africa?
There is a single European patent application which, if a patent is granted, will mature into separate patents for individual European countries. So you pay for one *application* to be examined, then later (if successful) for multiple *patents* in terms of issue fees,
translation costs, etc.
Africa isn't so unified. There are several regional patent systems in Africa, such as OAPI and ARIPO. That's everything I know about patents in Africa.
I'm not aware of any regional patent system for Asia.