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Thursday, 13 November 2008

EPO: now we are 35


The EPO has just announced that the government of Macedonia (apparently more preferably known as "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", to distinguish it from a next door bit of Greece) deposited their instrument of ratification to the European Patent Convention on 28 October.


(right: a traditional Macedonian instrument of ratification, which can be purchased here)

Macedonia, which is currently an extension state will, as from 1 January 2009, become the 35th member state of the EPC.  European and Euro-PCT applications filed as from that date will have Macedonia automatically designated.  All Macedonians (not just Greek ones) will also be able to use the EPO as a receiving office for filing PCT applications.  It will not be possible to designate retrospectively, but the EPO will allow applications filed on or after 1 December 2008 to be redated if required. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

All Macedonians (not just Greek ones)

I expect that the IPKat realises that with such a statement he's walking on really thin ice with respect to our even thinner-skinned Hellenic friends?

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