Status of accession and ratification

The London Agreement entered into force on 1 May 2008, following the deposit of the instruments of ratification and accession by 13 EPC contracting states – including the three where the most European patents took effect in 1999, that is, France, Germany and the United Kingdom (see Article 6(1) of the Agreement). Under Article 6, paragraph 2, of the Agreement any accession by a state after 1 May 2008 shall take effect on the first day of the fourth month after the deposit of the instrument of accession.

EPC Contracting State
Signature 
Instrument of
Deposited on
Entry into force
Albania    accession  31.5.2013
1.9.2013
Austria         
Belgium         
Bulgaria         
Croatia  ------ accession 31.10.2007
1.5.2008
Cyprus         
Czech Republic
       
Denmark   17.10.2000
ratification     
18.1.2008
1.5.2008
Estonia         
Finland    accession 25.7.2011
1.11.2011
France  29.6.2001 ratification  29.1.2008
1.5.2008
Germany  17.10.2000 ratification 19.2.2004 1.5.2008
Greece
       
Hungary  ------  accession  28.9.2010
1.1.2011
Iceland  ------
accession 31.8.2004 1.5.2008
Ireland    accession
25.11.2013
1.3.2014
Italy        
Latvia  ------
accession 5.4.2005 1.5.2008
Liechtenstein  17.10.2000 ratification 23.11.2006 1.5.2008
Lithuania  ------ accession
22.1.2009
1.5.2009
Luxembourg  20.3.2001 ratification 18.9.2007
1.5.2008
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia     accession
20.10.2011
1.2.2012
Malta
       
Monaco  17.10.2000 ratification 12.11.2003 1.5.2008
Netherlands  17.10.2000 ratification 5.10.2006 1.5.2008
Norway
       
Poland         
Portugal         
Romania         
San Marino
       
Serbia
       
Slovak Republic         
Slovenia  ------
accession 18.9.2002 1.5.2008
Spain          
Sweden  17.10.2000 ratification
29.4.2008
1.5.2008
Switzerland  17.10.2000 ratification 12.6.2006 1.5.2008
Turkey         
United Kingdom  17.10.2000 ratification 15.8.2005 1.5.2008

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