Montenegro and EPO sign an extension agreement on European Patent protection

On 13 February, Montenegro and the European Patent Office (EPO) signed an extension agreement that will enter into force on 1st March 2010 and according to which all European and international patent applications shall be automatically extended to Montenegro. Alternatively, for patents granted or deriving from patent applications filed before 1st March 2010, it shall still be possible to enforce the extension and cooperation agreement signed between EPO and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which came into force in November 2004. The signing of the agreement between Montenegro and EPO brings the number of states in which it is possible to apply for the protection of industrial inventions by means of the European Patent to thirty nine. For further information, consult this page on the EPO website.

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