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Extended reach for European Patents: the 'Validation Agreements' system

Extended reach for European Patents: the 'Validation Agreements' system

Published on February 07, 2017

What are Validation State Agreements?

The European Patent Organisation (EPO) currently counts 38 Member States across Europe which ratified the European Patent Convention (EPC). The mission of the European Patent Office (the operational arm of the Organisation) is to grant a central European Patent which needs to be “validated” in each of the Member States targeted by the IP owner. Ultimately, the national IP rights originating from European patents are equivalent to national patents granted by that Member State.

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Unitary Patent - What implications does the UK’s recent announcement have for you?

Unitary Patent - What implications does the UK’s recent announcement have for you?

Published on December 13, 2016

After months of uncertainty following Brexit, the UK government confirmed that it is proceeding with preparations to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA).

The UPCA must be ratified by at least 13 EU countries. France, Germany and the UK must all ratify the Agreement to bring it into force. Until a couple of weeks ago, 11 countries had ratified the Agreement, with the UK’s position undecided. Germany still remains to declare its intentions on the ratification process.

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New Belgian Regulation grants a waiver of European patent translation requirements in Belgium as from 2017

New Belgian Regulation grants a waiver of European patent translation requirements in Belgium as from 2017

Published on October 17, 2016

A new Belgian Regulation impacting European Patents

The Belgian Parliament recently adopted a new regulation (Law of 29th June 2016, containing various provisions regarding the economy, articles 22, 48, 60) impacting patent validations in Belgium. This new law is not a ratification of the London Agreement per se. However, it has equivalent practical effects.

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