The “validation on request” agreements between the European Patent Office and non-member states, such as Morocco, Moldova and Tunisia, are not yet well known. In this article (available in English and Japanese), Kazuya Sekiguchi and Martin Chatel shed light on the possible benefits for European patent applicants seeking to protect their innovation beyond the European market.
Validation agreements: a game changer for European patent applicants?
Patent backlog is a major problem for many patent offices. In order to meet growing needs for predictable, cheaper and faster filing and examination procedures, much remains to be done in terms of reducing duplication of work and harmonising practices. The “validation on request agreements” between the European Patent Office and non-contracting member states may offer a cost effective and streamlined option for European patent applicants seeking protection in multiple countries simultaneously.
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