EPO, Moldova Sign Agreement on Validation of European Patents
On October 16, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the State Agency on Intellectual Property of the Republic of Moldova (AGEPI) signed an agreement under which applicants will be able to validate their European patent applications and EPO-granted patents in Moldova, even though Moldova is not a contracting state and also not an extension state to the European Patent Convention (EPC).
Under the agreement, European applications and patents validated in Moldova will have the same legal effects as Moldovan national patents and will be subject to Moldovan law.
Moldova still needs to approve the agreement and pass the implementing legislation.
Prepared by: Jelena Jankovic
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