European Patent Organisation offers new opportunities. Today we will talk about the ➡ extention of the validity of the European patent for non-members of EPO
Currently, the European Patent Organisation includes 38 member states and, accordingly, each European patent can operate in any of the member states while undergoing patent validation and payment of the relevant annuity fees to the Office.
Also, in the period from 1993 to 2009, EPO has signed extension agreements with ten non-member states. Agreements with two of these countries are still in force: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
And since 2010 the European patent may also be valid in some countries that are not members of the EPO, such as Morocco, Moldova, Tunisia, and Cambodia. If the applicant desires, any European patent can provide protection in Morocco, Moldova, Tunisia or Cambodia, for this you need to submit a request to the European Patent Office and pay the appropriate fee.
The territorial expansion of European patents will simplify the procedure for registering patents for applicants who want to protect their product not only in the EPO but also in other countries. At the same time, the European procedure does not change: one patent application is filed and one examination of the application is carried out.
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