For more information on this new agreement, click here. A patent granted by the EPO (a “European patent”) does not yet lend itself to pan-European patent protection. On the contrary, the European patent must be validated separately in each country where the applicant wishes to obtain patent protection. Broad European protection based on a European patent will be possible when the Convention on a Single Patent Court enters into force. Protection outside Europe is also possible through extension or validation agreements between the European Patent Organisation and partner states. For more information on these extension and validation states, please visit the EPO website. The European Patent Office (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have signed a three-year cooperation agreement. This partnership aims to “improve the procedural framework of the International Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in order to increase its use by patent filings”. Patent law firms, which are in the top 1000 worldwide, are mainly located in the United States, Japan, China, Germany and South Korea. . . .

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