European Patents To Take Effect In Morocco

Author:Mr David Wraige and Isobel Finnie
Profession:Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
 
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From 1 March 2015, a new agreement will come into force that allows European patents to be validated in Morocco. This is the first time that a non-member country of the European Patent Organisation will have recognised European patents as national patents. It takes the number of countries in which patent protection can be obtained with a single European patent application to 41.

A request for validation in Morocco will be automatically included in any European or international application filed from 1 March 2015. For the request to take effect, however, a validation fee of240 must be paid to the European Patent Office within 6 months of the publication of the European search report or on expiry of the time limit for regional phase entry...

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