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23 January 2015
Under an agreement between the EPO and the Moroccan Government, Morocco will be the first of the EPO’s “validation” countries. From 1 March 2015, if “validation” in Morocco is chosen for a European Patent application, the European Patent will have effect in Morocco as if it were a Moroccan national patent.
Morocco will be the first African country to have a direct link of this type with the EPO. It is rumoured that a similar agreement with Tunisia will be made as well.Click here for more information.
25 November 2014
18 December 2014
In a decision handed down today, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has decided that unfertilised human egg cells stimulated to divide in a manner analogous to that of a human embryo are not excluded from patentability within the European Union under the Directive on the Legal Protection of Biotechnological Inventions (Directive 98/44/EC, known as the “Biotech Directive”). This new decision has consequences for European Patents and applications at the EPO, and for national patents and applications in EU member states.Click here for more information.
11 December 2014
Malta has become the sixth country to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement, joining Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France and Sweden. Seven more countries, including the UK and Germany, are required to ratify the UPC Agreement before the Agreement enters into force.Click here for more information.
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