The European Patent Convention and the London Agreement

The European Patent Convention (EPC 2000) came into force on 13th December 2007, introducing sweeping changes to the European patent system. The new convention governs the granting of European patents by the European Patent Office (EPO) and applies throughout the 34 contracting states of the European Patent Organisation (ie, the 27 EU Member States as well as Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey).

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