P&TS Neuchâtel / 28 Nov 2007
Norway and Croatia accede to the European Patent Convention
On Oct. 5 resp. 31, 2007, the governments of the Kingdom of Norway (NO) and of Croatia (HR) deposited their instruments of accession to the European Patent Convention. The EPC will enter into force for both States on January 1, 2008.
The European Patent Organisation will thus comprise 34 member states as from 1 January 2008.
CS / Neuchâtel / 10 Oct 2007
French parliament approves London Agreement
On Tuesday, 9 October 2007, the French Senate followed the National Assembly in approving the draft law No. 474 authorising ratification of the October 2000 London Agreement
Once the instruments of ratification have been deposited, the London Agreement will enter into force on the first day of the fourth month following deposit of the instrument of ratification.
The London Agreement makes it easier to obtain a European patent by reducing post-grant translation costs.
Christophe Saam / 01 Aug 2007
Neuchâtel / 06 Mar 2007
Neuchâtel / 01 Mar 2007
Malta accedes to the European Patent Convention
On 1 December 2006, the government of the Republic of Malta (MT) deposited its instrument of accession to the European Patent Convention. The EPC will enter into force for Malta on 1 March 2007.
The European Patent Organisation will thus comprise 32 member states as from 1 March 2007.