Convention on the Grant of European Patents (European Patent Convention)

The European Patent Convention (EPC) includes general provisions on the European law for the grant of patents as well as provisions which regulate the European Patent Organisation and the European Patent Office. The Convention is applicable from 13 December 2007 and contains the Convention on the Grant of European Patents and its Implementing Regulations, the Protocol on the interpretation of Article 69 EPC, the Protocol on Centralisation, the Protocol on Recognition, the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities, the Protocol on the Staff Complement and the Rules relating to Fees, together with an extract from the Revision Act of 29 November 2000 and the decision of the Administrative Council of 28 June 2001 on the transitional provisions under Article 7 of the Revision Act. There is currently no single, centrally enforceable, European Union-wide patent. However, the European Patent Convention (EPC) provides a legal framework for the granting of a European patent, a so-called “bundle patent”, via a single, harmonised procedure before the European Patent Office. A single patent application, in one language, may be filed at the European Patent Office or at a national patent office of a Contracting State, if the national law of the State so permits.

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Document type: EU IP Law
Categories: Plant varieties
Law Type: Convention
Effective Start Date: 13 Dec 2007
Access available: Freely available
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