See also

The European Patent

A European success story for innovation

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Member states of the European Patent Organisation

Member states 2 (JPG)Contracting states
Extension states
States invited to accede to the EPC


Contracting states

The following states (sorted alphabetically) are currently members of the European Patent Organisation.
Code Member state
Since
AL
Albania
1 May 2010
AT Austria
1 May 1979
BE
Belgium
7 October 1977
BG
Bulgaria
1 July 2002
CH Switzerland
7 October 1977
CY Cyprus
1 April 1998
CZ
Czech Republic
1 July 2002
DE
Germany
7 October 1977
DK
Denmark
1 January 1990
EE
Estonia
1 July 2002
ES
Spain
1 October 1986
FI
Finland
1 March 1996
FR
France
7 October 1977
GB
United Kingdom
7 October 1977
GR
Greece
1 October 1986
HR
Croatia
1 January 2008
HU
Hungary
1 January 2003
IE
Ireland
1 August 1992
IS
Iceland
1 November 2004
IT
Italy
1 December 1978
LI
Liechtenstein
1 April 1980
LT
Lithuania
1 December 2004
LU
Luxembourg
7 October 1977
LV Latvia
1 July 2005
MC
Monaco
1 December 1991
MK
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia  1 January 2009
MT  Malta
1 March 2007
NL
Netherlands
7 October 1977
NO
Norway
1 January 2008
PL
Poland
1 March 2004
PT
Portugal
1 January 1992
RO
Romania
1 March 2003
RS
Serbia
1 October 2010
SE
Sweden
1 May 1978
SI
Slovenia
1 December 2002
SK
Slovakia
1 July 2002
SM
San Marino
1 July 2009
TR
Turkey 
1 November 2000

Extension states

States recognising European patents upon request

BA Bosnia and Herzegovina
ME Montenegro

States invited to accede to the EPC

States which have been invited to accede to the EPC


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