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European Patent Convention (EPC 1973)

 
 
A revised version of the European Patent Convention entered into force on 13 December 2007. The provisions of the revised Convention apply unless the transitional provisions provide for the applicability of the EPC 1973.

Article 165

Signature - Ratification

Art. 166, 178



(1)116 This Convention shall be open for signature until 5 April 1974 by the States which took part in the Inter-Governmental Conference for the setting up of a European System for the Grant of Patents or were informed of the holding of that conference and offered the option of taking part therein.


(2) This Convention shall be subject to ratification; instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.



116 Signatory States: AT, BE, CH, DE, DK, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, LI, LU, MC, NL, NO, SE.

Conference participants: signatory states plus ES, FI, PT, TR, YU.

Invited states: Conference participants plus CY, IS.

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