It has been announced that the French ratification of the London Agreement was deposited yesterday, 29th January 2008.The Agreement will come into force on 1st May 2008, and will apply to all European Patents granted after that day.
What is the London Agreement?
The London Agreement is an international agreement designed to reduce the cost of validating a European patent by reducing the translation requirements at the grant stage, in states which are parties to the Agreement.
At present a European patent application must be prosecuted before the European Patent Office in any one of the three official languages, English, French or German and, on grant, translations of the claims of the other two languages must be filed to be published with the specification as granted. This procedure will remain as before.
In order to validate the European patent in the designated states, it is necessary to file a translation of the entire specification in an official language of the national patent office.
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