Official Journal April 2014

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Citation: OJ EPO 2014, A48
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Synopsis of the territorial field of application of international patent treaties

(situation on 1 March 2014)

I. UNIVERSAL TREATIES

1. Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of 20 March 1883, revised at Brussels on 14 December 1900, at Washington on 2 June 1911, at The Hague on 6 November 1925, at London on 2 June 1934, at Lisbon on 31 October 1958, at Stockholm on 14 July 1967, and amended in 1979[ 1 ]

Albania Stockholm

Algeria Stockholm

Andorra Stockholm

Angola Stockholm

Antigua and Barbuda Stockholm

Argentina Lisbon[ 2 ], Stockholm[ 3 ]

Armenia Stockholm

Australia Stockholm

Austria Stockholm

Azerbaijan Stockholm

Bahamas Lisbon, Stockholm[ 3 ]

Bahrain Stockholm

Bangladesh Stockholm

Barbados Stockholm

Belarus Stockholm

Belgium Stockholm

Belize Stockholm

Benin Stockholm

Bhutan Stockholm

Bolivia Stockholm

Bosnia and Herzegovina Stockholm

Botswana Stockholm

Brazil Stockholm

Brunei Darussalam Stockholm

Bulgaria Stockholm

Burkina Faso Stockholm

Burundi Stockholm

Cambodia Stockholm

Cameroon Stockholm

Canada Stockholm

Central African Republic Stockholm

Chad Stockholm

Chile Stockholm

China Stockholm

Colombia Stockholm

Comoros Stockholm

Congo Stockholm

Congo (Democratic Republic of the) Stockholm

Costa Rica Stockholm

Côte d'Ivoire Stockholm

Croatia Stockholm

Cuba Stockholm

Cyprus Stockholm

Czech Republic Stockholm

Denmark Stockholm

Djibouti Stockholm

Dominica Stockholm

Dominican Republic The Hague

Ecuador Stockholm

Egypt Stockholm

El Salvador Stockholm

Equatorial Guinea Stockholm

Estonia Stockholm

Finland Stockholm

France Stockholm

Gabon Stockholm

Gambia Stockholm

Georgia Stockholm

Germany Stockholm

Ghana Stockholm

Greece Stockholm

Grenada Stockholm

Guatemala Stockholm

Guinea Stockholm

Guinea-Bissau Stockholm

Guyana Stockholm

Haiti Stockholm

Holy See Stockholm

Honduras Stockholm

Hungary Stockholm

Iceland Stockholm

India Stockholm

Indonesia Stockholm

Iran (Islamic Republic of) Stockholm

Iraq Stockholm

Ireland Stockholm

Israel Stockholm

Italy Stockholm

Jamaica Stockholm

Japan Stockholm

Jordan Stockholm

Kazakhstan Stockholm

Kenya Stockholm

Korea (Democratic People's Republic of) Stockholm

Korea (Republic of) Stockholm

Kyrgyzstan Stockholm

Laos (People's Democratic Republic of) Stockholm

Latvia Stockholm

Lebanon London, Stockholm[ 3 ]

Lesotho Stockholm

Liberia Stockholm

Libya Stockholm

Liechtenstein Stockholm

Lithuania Stockholm

Luxembourg Stockholm

Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of) Stockholm

Madagascar Stockholm

Malawi Stockholm

Malaysia Stockholm

Mali Stockholm

Malta Lisbon, Stockholm[ 3 ]

Mauritania Stockholm

Mauritius Stockholm

Mexico Stockholm

Moldova (Republic of) Stockholm

Monaco Stockholm

Mongolia Stockholm

Montenegro Stockholm

Morocco Stockholm

Mozambique Stockholm

Namibia Stockholm

Nepal Stockholm

Netherlands Stockholm

New Zealand London, Stockholm[ 3 ]

Nicaragua Stockholm

Niger Stockholm

Nigeria Lisbon

Norway Stockholm

Oman Stockholm

Pakistan Stockholm

Panama Stockholm

Papua New Guinea Stockholm

Paraguay Stockholm

Peru Stockholm

Philippines Lisbon, Stockholm[ 3 ]

Poland Stockholm

Portugal Stockholm

Qatar Stockholm

Romania Stockholm

Russian Federation Stockholm

Rwanda Stockholm

Saint Kitts and Nevis Stockholm

Saint Lucia Stockholm

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Stockholm

Samoa Stockholm

San Marino Stockholm

Sao Tome and Principe Stockholm

Saudi Arabia Stockholm

Senegal Stockholm

Serbia Stockholm

Seychelles Stockholm

Sierra Leone Stockholm

Singapore Stockholm

Slovakia Stockholm

Slovenia Stockholm

South Africa Stockholm

Spain Stockholm

Sri Lanka London, Stockholm[ 3 ]

Sudan Stockholm

Suriname Stockholm

Swaziland Stockholm

Sweden Stockholm

Switzerland Stockholm

Syrian Arab Republic Stockholm

Tajikistan Stockholm

Tanzania (United Republic of) Lisbon, Stockholm[ 3 ]

Thailand Stockholm

Togo Stockholm

Tonga Stockholm

Trinidad and Tobago Stockholm

Tunisia Stockholm

Turkey Stockholm

Turkmenistan Stockholm

Uganda Stockholm

Ukraine Stockholm

United Arab Emirates Stockholm

United Kingdom Stockholm

United States of America Stockholm

Uruguay Stockholm

Uzbekistan Stockholm

Venezuela Stockholm

Viet Nam Stockholm

Yemen Stockholm

Zambia Lisbon, Stockholm[ 3 ]

Zimbabwe Stockholm

(Total: 175 states)


2. Patent Cooperation Treaty, done at Washington on 19 June 1970 (PCT)

AE

United Arab Emirates

(10.03.1999)[ 4 ]

AG

Antigua and Barbuda

(17.03.2000)

AL

Albania[ 5 ]

(04.10.1995)

AM

Armenia[ 6 ]

(25.12.1991)

AO

Angola

(27.12.2007)

AT

Austria[ 5 ]

(23.04.1979)

AU

Australia

(31.03.1980)

AZ

Azerbaijan

(25.12.1995)

BA

Bosnia and Herzegovina

(07.09.1996)

BB

Barbados

(12.03.1985)

BE

Belgium[ 5 ], [ 7 ]

(14.12.1981)

BF

Burkina Faso[ 7 ]

(21.03.1989)

BG

Bulgaria[ 5 ]

(21.05.1984)

BH

Bahrain[ 6 ]

(18.03.2007)

BJ

Benin[ 7 ]

(26.02.1987)

BN

Brunei Darussalam

(24.07.2012)

BR

Brazil

(09.04.1978)

BW

Botswana

(30.10.2003)

BY

Belarus[ 6 ]

(25.12.1991)

BZ

Belize

(17.06.2000)

CA

Canada

(02.01.1990)

CF

Central African Republic[ 7 ]

(24.01.1978)

CG

Congo[ 7 ]

(24.01.1978)

CH

Switzerland[ 5 ], [ 8 ]

(24.01.1978)

CI

Côte d'Ivoire[ 7 ]

(30.04.1991)

CL

Chile[ 6 ]

(02.06.2009)

CM

Cameroon[ 7 ]

(24.01.1978)

CN

China[ 9 ]

(01.01.1994)

CO

Colombia

(28.02.2001)

CR

Costa Rica

(03.08.1999)

CU

Cuba[ 6 ]

(16.07.1996)

CY

Cyprus[ 5 ], [ 7 ]

(01.04.1998)

CZ

Czech Republic[ 5 ]

(01.01.1993)

DE

Germany[ 5 ]

(24.01.1978)

DK

Denmark[ 5 ]

(01.12.1978)

DM

Dominica

(07.08.1999)

DO

Dominican Republic

(28.05.2007)

DZ

Algeria[ 6 ]

(08.03.2000)

EC

Ecuador

(07.05.2001)

EE

Estonia[ 5 ]

(24.08.1994)

EG

Egypt

(06.09.2003)

ES

Spain[ 5 ]

(16.11.1989)

FI

Finland[ 5 ], [ 10 ]

(01.10.1980)

FR

France[ 5 ], [ 6 ], [ 7 ], [ 11 ]

(25.02.1978)

GA

Gabon[ 7 ]

(24.01.1978)

GB

United Kingdom[ 5 ], [ 12 ]

(24.01.1978)

GD

Grenada

(22.09.1998)

GE

Georgia[ 6 ]

(25.12.1991)

GH

Ghana

(26.02.1997)

GM

Gambia

(09.12.1997)

GN

Guinea[ 7 ]

(27.05.1991)

GQ

Equatorial Guinea[ 7 ]

(17.07.2001)

GR

Greece[ 5 ], [ 7 ]

(09.10.1990)

GT

Guatemala

(14.10.2006)

GW

Guinea-Bissau[ 7 ]

(12.12.1997)

HN

Honduras

(20.06.2006)

HR

Croatia[ 5 ]

(01.07.1998)

HU

Hungary[ 5 ], [ 6 ]

(27.06.1980)

ID

Indonesia[ 6 ]

(05.09.1997)

IE

Ireland[ 5 ], [ 7 ]

(01.08.1992)

IL

Israel

(01.06.1996)

IN

India[ 6 ]

(07.12.1998)

IR

Iran (Islamic Republic of)[ 6 ]

(04.10.2013)

IS

Iceland[ 5 ]

(23.03.1995)

IT

Italy[ 5 ], [ 7 ]

(28.03.1985)

JP

Japan

(01.10.1978)

KE

Kenya

(08.06.1994)

KG

Kyrgyzstan[ 6 ]

(25.12.1991)

KM

Comoros

(03.04.2005)

KN

Saint Kitts and Nevis

(27.10.2005)

KP

Korea (Democratic People's Republic of)

(08.07.1980)

KR

Korea (Republic of)

(10.08.1984)

KZ

Kazakhstan[ 6 ]

(25.12.1991)

LA

Laos (People's Democratic Republic of)[ 6 ]

(14.06.2006)

LC

Saint Lucia[ 6 ]

(30.08.1996)

LI

Liechtenstein[ 5 ], [ 8 ]

(19.03.1980)

LK

Sri Lanka

(26.02.1982)

LR

Liberia

(27.08.1994)

LS

Lesotho

(21.10.1995)

LT

Lithuania[ 5 ]

(05.07.1994)

LU

Luxembourg[ 5 ]

(30.04.1978)

LV

Latvia[ 5 ], [ 7 ]

(07.09.1993)

LY

Libya

(15.09.2005)

MA

Morocco

(08.10.1999)

MC

Monaco[ 5 ], [ 7 ]

(22.06.1979)

MD

Moldova (Republic of)[ 6 ]

(25.12.1991)

ME

Montenegro

(03.06.2006)

MG

Madagascar

(24.01.1978)

MK

Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of)[ 5 ]

(10.08.1995)

ML

Mali[ 7 ]

(19.10.1984)

MN

Mongolia

(27.05.1991)

MR

Mauritania[ 7 ]

(13.04.1983)

MT

Malta[ 5 ], [ 6 ], [ 7 ]

(01.03.2007)

MW

Malawi

(24.01.1978)

MX

Mexico

(01.01.1995)

MY

Malaysia[ 6 ]

(16.08.2006)

MZ

Mozambique[ 6 ]

(18.05.2000)

NA

Namibia

(01.01.2004)

NE

Niger[ 7 ]

(21.03.1993)

NG

Nigeria

(08.05.2005)

NI

Nicaragua

(06.03.2003)

NL

Netherlands[ 5 ], [ 7 ]

(10.07.1979)[ 13 ]

NO

Norway[ 5 ], [ 10 ]

(01.01.1980)

NZ

New Zealand

(01.12.1992)

OM

Oman[ 6 ]

(26.10.2001)

PA

Panama

(07.09.2012)

PE

Peru

(06.06.2009)

PG

Papua New Guinea

(14.06.2003)

PH

Philippines

(17.08.2001)

PL

Poland[ 5 ], [ 10 ]

(25.12.1990)

PT

Portugal[ 5 ]

(24.11.1992)

QA

Qatar[ 6 ]

(03.08.2011)

RO

Romania[ 5 ], [ 6 ]

(23.07.1979)

RS

Serbia[ 5 ]

(01.02.1997)[ 14 ]

RU

Russian Federation[ 6 ]

(29.03.1978)[ 15 ]

RW

Rwanda

(31.08.2011)

SA

Saudi Arabia

(03.08.2013)

SC

Seychelles

(07.11.2002)

SD

Sudan

(16.04.1984)

SE

Sweden[ 5 ], [ 10 ]

(17.05.1978)

SG

Singapore

(23.02.1995)

SI

Slovenia[ 5 ], [ 7 ]

(01.03.1994)

SK

Slovakia[ 5 ]

(01.01.1993)

SL

Sierra Leone

(17.06.1997)

SM

San Marino[ 5 ]

(14.12.2004)

SN

Senegal[ 7 ]

(24.01.1978)

ST

Sao Tome and Principe

(03.07.2008)

SV

El Salvador

(17.08.2006)

SY

Syrian Arab Republic

(26.06.2003)

SZ

Swaziland[ 7 ]

(20.09.1994)

TD

Chad[ 7 ]

(24.01.1978)

TG

Togo[ 7 ]

(24.01.1978)

TH

Thailand[ 6 ]

(24.12.2009)

TJ

Tajikistan[ 6 ]

(25.12.1991)

TM

Turkmenistan[ 6 ]

(25.12.1991)

TN

Tunisia[ 6 ]

(10.12.2001)

TR

Turkey[ 5 ]

(01.01.1996)

TT

Trinidad and Tobago

(10.03.1994)

TZ

Tanzania (United Republic of)

(14.09.1999)

UA

Ukraine[ 6 ]

(25.12.1991)

UG

Uganda

(09.02.1995)

US

United States of America[ 16 ], [ 17 ]

(24.01.1978)

UZ

Uzbekistan[ 6 ]

(25.12.1991)

VC

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[ 6 ]

(06.08.2002)

VN

Viet Nam

(10.03.1993)

ZA

South Africa[ 6 ]

(16.03.1999)

ZM

Zambia

(15.11.2001)

ZW

Zimbabwe

(11.06.1997)

(Total: 148 states)


3. Patent Law Treaty (PLT) of 1 June 2000

Albania

(17.05.2010) [ 18 ]

Armenia

(17.09.2013)

Australia

(16.03.2009)

Bahrain

(15.12.2005)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

(09.05.2012)

Croatia

(28.04.2005)

Denmark

(28.04.2005)

Estonia

(28.04.2005)

Finland

(06.03.2006)

France

(05.01.2010)

Hungary

(12.03.2008)

Ireland

(27.05.2012)

Kazakhstan

(19.10.2011)

Kyrgyzstan

(28.04.2005)

Latvia

(12.06.2010)

Liechtenstein

(18.12.2009)

Lithuania

(03.02.2012)

Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of)

(22.04.2010)

Moldova (Republic of)

(28.04.2005)

Montenegro

(09.03.2012)

Netherlands

(27.12.2010)

Nigeria

(28.04.2005)

Oman

(16.10.2007)

Romania

(28.04.2005)

Russian Federation

(12.08.2009)

Saudi Arabia

(03.08.2013)

Serbia

(20.08.2010)

Slovakia

(28.04.2005)

Slovenia

(28.04.2005)

Spain

(06.11.2013)

Sweden

(27.12.2007)

Switzerland

(01.07.2008)

Ukraine

(28.04.2005)

United Kingdom

(22.03.2006)

United States of America

(18.12.2013)

Uzbekistan

(19.07.2006)

(Total: 36 states)

 


4. Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, done at Budapest on 28 April 1977

Albania

(19.09.2003) [ 19 ]

Armenia

(06.03.2005)

Australia

(07.07.1987)

Austria

(26.04.1984)

Azerbaijan

(14.10.2003)

Bahrain

(20.11.2012)

Belarus

(19.10.2001)

Belgium

(15.12.1983)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

(27.01.2009)

Brunei Darussalam

(24.07.2012)

Bulgaria

(19.08.1980)

Canada

(21.09.1996)

Chile

(05.08.2011)

China

(01.07.1995)

Costa Rica

(30.09.2008)

Croatia

(25.02.2000)

Cuba

(19.02.1994)

Czech Republic

(01.01.1993)

Denmark

(01.07.1985)

Dominican Republic

(03.07.2007)

El Salvador

(17.08.2006)

Estonia

(14.09.1996)

Finland

(01.09.1985)

France

(19.08.1980)

Georgia

(30.09.2005)

Germany

(20.01.1981)

Greece

(30.10.1993)

Guatemala

(14.10.2006)

Honduras

(20.06.2006)

Hungary

(19.08.1980)

Iceland

(23.03.1995)

India

(17.12.2001)

Ireland

(15.12.1999)

Israel

(26.04.1996)

Italy

(23.03.1986)

Japan

(19.08.1980)

Jordan

(14.11.2008)

Kazakhstan

(24.04.2002)

Korea (Democratic People's Republic of)

(21.02.2002)

Korea (Republic of)

(28.03.1988)

Kyrgyzstan

(17.05.2003)

Latvia

(29.12.1994)

Liechtenstein

(19.08.1981)

Lithuania

(09.05.1998)

Luxembourg

(29.07.2010)

Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of)

(30.08.2002)

Mexico

(21.03.2001)

Moldova (Republic of)

(25.12.1991)

Monaco

(23.01.1999)

Montenegro

(03.06.2006)

Morocco

(20.07.2011)

Netherlands

(02.07.1987) [ 20 ]

Nicaragua

(10.08.2006)

Norway

(01.01.1986)

Oman

(16.10.2007)

Panama

(07.09.2012)

Peru

(20.01.2009)

Philippines

(21.10.1981)

Poland

(22.09.1993)

Portugal

(16.10.1997)

Qatar

(06.03.2014)

Romania

(25.09.1999)

Russian Federation

(22.04.1981) [ 21 ]

Serbia

(25.02.1994) [ 22 ]

Singapore

(23.02.1995)

Slovakia

(01.01.1993)

Slovenia

(12.03.1998)

South Africa

(14.07.1997)

Spain

(19.03.1981)

Sweden

(01.10.1983)

Switzerland

(19.08.1981)

Tajikistan

(25.12.1991)

Trinidad and Tobago

(10.03.1994)

Tunisia

(23.05.2004)

Turkey

(30.11.1998)

Ukraine

(02.07.1997)

United Kingdom

(29.12.1980)

United States of America

(19.08.1980)

Uzbekistan

(12.01.2002)

(Total: 79 states)

 


4.1 Declarations filed under Article 9(1)(a) of the Budapest Treaty by intergovernmental industrial property organizations[ 23 ]

European Patent Organisation (EPO)

(26.11.1980)[ 24 ]

African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)

(10.11.1998)

Eurasian Patent Organisation (EAPO)

(05.04.2000)

 


4.2 International Depositary Authorities under Article 7 of the Budapest Treaty

International Depositary Authority[ 25 ]

Advanced Biotechnology Center (ABC)

Interlab Cell Line Collection (ICLC)
S.S. Banca Biologica e Cell Factory
Largo Rosanna Benzi, 10
16132 Genova, Italy

Tel. (+39-010) 5558 474/289
Fax (+39-010) 5558 293
iclc@istge.it
www.iclc.it/iclceng.html

Agricultural Research Service
Culture Collection (NRRL)

1815 North University Street
Peoria, Illinois 61604, United States of America

Tel. (+1-309) 685 40 11
http://nrrl.ncaur.usda.gov

All-Russian Collection of Microorganisms (VKM)

G. K. Skryabin Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms Russian Academy of Sciences
Prospekt Nauki No. 5
Pushchino 142290 (Moscow Region), Russian Federation

Tel. (+7-495) 625 74 48;
(+7-496) 773 17 77
Fax (+7-496) 956 33 70
vkm@ibpm.pushchino.ru
www.vkm.ru

American Type Culture Collection (ATCC)

10801 University Boulevard
Manassas, Virginia 20110-2209, United States of America

Tel. (+1-703) 365 27 00
Fax (+1-703) 334 29 32
PatentDeposit@atcc.org
www.atcc.org

Banco Español de Algas (BEA)

Marine Biotechnology Center
University of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Muelle de Taliarte s/n
35214 Telde Las Palmas, Spain

Tel. (+34-928) 13 32 90
Fax (+34-928) 13 28 30
info@marinebiotechnology.org
www.ulpgc.es/webs/cbm/

Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms (BCCM)

Federal Public Planning Service
Science Policy
8, rue de la Science
1000 Brussels, Belgium

Tel. (+32-2) 238 34 11
Fax (+32-2) 230 59 12
bosc@belspo.be
www.belspo.be/bccm

CABI Bioscience, UK Centre (IMI)

Bakeham Lane
Englefield Green
Egham, Surrey TW20 9TY, United Kingdom

Tel. (+44 (0) 1491) 82 90 16
Fax (+44 (0) 1491) 82 91 00
microbiologicalservices@cabi.org
www.cabi.org

Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (CBS)

Uppsalalaan 8
3584 CT Utrecht, Netherlands
or
P.O. Box 85167
3508 AD Utrecht, Netherlands

Tel. (+31-30) 212 26 00
Fax (+31-30) 251 20 97
www.cbs.knaw.nl

China Center for Type Culture Collection (CCTCC)

College of Life Sciences
Wuhan University
Wuhan, 430072, China

Tel. (+86-27) 68 75 23 19;
68 75-47 12; -40 52; -40 01
Fax (+86-27) 68 75 48 33
cctcc@whu.edu.cn
www.cctcc.org.cn

China General Microbiological Culture Collection Center (CGMCC)

Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
No. 1 Beichen West Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100 101, China

Tel. (+86-10) 64 80 73 55
Fax (+86-10) 64 80 72 88
cgmcc@im.ac.cn
www.cgmcc.net

Colección Chilena de Recursos Genéticos Microbianos (CChRGM)

 

Avenida Vicente Méndez 515,
Chillán, Region VIII, Chile

Tel. (+56-42) 20 95 00
Fax (+56-42) 20 95 99
afrance@inia.cl

Colección Española de Cultivos Tipo (CECT)

Edificio 3 CUE
Parc Cientific Universitat de Valencia
Catedrático Agustín Escardino, 9
46980 Paterna (Valencia), Spain

Tel. (+34-963) 54 46 12
Fax (+34-963) 54 31 87
patents@cect.org
www.cect.org

Collection nationale de cultures de micro-organismes (CNCM)

Institut Pasteur
25-28, rue du Dr. Roux
75724 Paris Cédex 15, France

Tel. (+33-1) 45 68 82 50
Fax (+33-1) 45 68 82 36
georges.wagener@pasteur.fr
www.pasteur.fr/recherche/unites/cncm

Collection of Industrial Yeasts (DBVPG)

Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science
Borgo XX Giugno, 74
06121 Perugia, Italy

Tel. (+39-075) 585 64 87, 585 64 55
Fax (+39-075) 585 64 70
benedetta.turchetti@unipg.it; pietro.buzzini@unipg.it
www.dbvpg.unipg.it

Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP)

SAMS Research Services Ltd.
Scottish Marine Institute
Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel. (+44-1631) 559 000, 559 268 (direct line)
Fax (+44-1631) 559 001
ccap@sams.ac.uk
www.ccap.ac.uk

Culture Collection of Yeasts (CCY)

Institute of Chemistry
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Dúbravská cesta 9
845 38 Bratislava, Slovakia

Tel. (+421-2) 59 41 02 62
Fax (+421-2) 59 41 02 22
yeasts@ccy.sk
www.ccy.sk

Czech Collection of Microorganisms (CCM)

Kamenice 5/building A25
62500 Brno, Czech Republic

Tel. (+420) 549 491 430
Fax (+420) 549 498 289
ccm@sci.muni.cz
www.sci.muni.cz/ccm

European Collection of Cell Cultures (ECACC)

Culture Collections
Public Health England
Porton Down
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JG, United Kingdom

Tel. (+44-1980) 61 25 12
Fax (+44-1980) 61 13 15
culturecollections@phe.gov.uk
www.phe-culturecollections.org.uk

IAFB – Collection of Industrial Microorganisms

Institute of Agricultural and Food Biotechnology
Ul. Rakowiecka 36
02-532 Warsaw, Poland

Tel. (+48-22) 606 36 91, 606 36 00
Fax (+48-22) 849 04 28
kolekcja@ibprs.pl
misiewicz@ibprs.pl

International Depositary Authority of Canada (IDAC)

National Microbiology Laboratory
Public Health Agency of Canada
Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health
1015 Arlington Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 3R2, Canada

Tel. (+1-204) 789 60 30
Fax (+1-204) 789 20 18
www.nml-lnm.gc.ca/IDAC-ADI/index-eng.htm (English version)

www.nml-lnm.gc.ca/IDAC-ADI/index-fra.htm (French version)

International Patent Organism Depositary (IPOD)

National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE)
#120, 2-5-8 Kazusakamatari
Kisarazu-shi
Chiba 292-0818, Japan

Tel. (+81) 438 20 59 10
Fax (+81) 438 20 59 11
ipod@nite.go.jp
www.nbrc.nite.go.jp/pod

Korean Cell Line Research Foundation (KCLRF)

Cancer Research Institute
Seoul National University
College of Medicine
28 Yungon-dong, Chongno-gu
Seoul, 110-799, Republic of Korea

Tel. (+82-2) 36 68 79 15
Fax (+82-2) 742 00 21
http://cellbank.snu.ac.kr

Korean Collection for Type Cultures (KCTC)

52, Oun-dong
Yusong-Ku
Taejon 305-333, Republic of Korea

Tel. (+82-42) 860 46 18; 860 46 12
Fax (+82-42) 860 46 77; 860 46 25
jslee@kribb.re.kr
www.brc.re.kr/

Korean Culture Center of Microorganisms (KCCM)

361-221, Yurim B/D
Honje 1, Sodaemun
Seoul, 120-091, Republic of Korea

Tel. (+82-42) 392 09 50
Fax (+82-42) 392 28 59
www.kccm.or.kr/

Lady Mary Fairfax CellBank Australia (CBA)

214 Hawkesbury Rd
Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia

Tel. (+61-2) 8865 2850
Fax (+61-2) 9687 2120
info@cellbankaustralia.com
www.cellbankaustralia.com

Leibniz-Institut DSMZ - Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH (DSMZ)

Inhoffenstr. 7B
38124 Braunschweig, Germany

Tel. (+49-531) 261 62 54
Fax (+49-531) 261 64 18, 261 62 25
Vera.Bussas@dsmz.de
www.dsmz.de

Microbial Culture Collection (MCC)

National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS)
University of Pune Campus, Ganeshkhind
Pune-411007, Maharashtra, India

Tel. (+91 20) 25 7 08 237
Fax (+91 20) 256 92 259
yogesh@nccs.res.in
www.nccs.res.in

Microbial Strain Collection of Latvia (MSCL)

Blvd. Kronvalda 4
1586 Riga, Latvia

Tel. (+371) 67 03 48 68
Fax (+371) 67 03 48 62
collect@lanet.lv
http://mikro.daba.lv

Microbial Type Culture Collection and Gene Bank (MTCC)

Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH)
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Sector 39-A
Chandigarh 160 036
(Union Territory), India

Tel. (+91-172) 263 66 80 to 94
Fax (+91-172) 269 05 85; 269 06 32
idamtcc@imtech.res.in,
curator@imtech.res.in
http://mtcc.imtech.res.in

National Bank for Industrial Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (NBIMCC)

49 St Kliment Ohridski Blvd., Bldg. 3
1756 Sofia, Bulgaria

Tel. (+359-2) 872 08 65
Fax (+359-2) 872 08 65
info@nbimcc.org
www.nbimcc.org

National Collection of Agricultural and Industrial Microorganisms (NCAIM)

Faculty of Food Sciences
Corvinus University of Budapest
Somlói út 14-16
1118 Budapest, Hungary

Tel. (+36-1) 482 63 22
Fax (+36-1) 482 63 22
judit.tornai@uni-corvinus.hu
http://ncaim.uni-corvinus.hu

National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC)

Culture Collections
Public Health England
Porton Down
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JG, United Kingdom

Tel. (+44-1980) 61 25 12
Fax (+44-1980) 61 13 15
culturecollections@phe.gov.uk
www.phe-culturecollections.org.uk

National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC)

Institute of Food Research
Norwich Research Park
Colney
Norwich NR4 7UA, United Kingdom

Tel. (+44-1603) 25 52 74
Fax (+44-1603) 45 84 14
ncyc@ncyc.co.uk
www.ncyc.co.uk

National Collections of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria (NCIMB)

NCIMB Ltd
Ferguson Building
Craibstone Estate
Bucksburn, Aberdeen AB21 9YA, United Kingdom

Tel. (+44-1224) 711 100 or
711 111 (direct dial)
Fax (+44-1224) 711 299
t.dando@ncimb.com
www.ncimb.com

National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC)

UK Stem Cell Bank
Blanche Lane
South Mimms
Potters Bar, Herts., EN6 3QG, United Kingdom

Tel. (+44-17 07) 641 560
Fax (+44-1707) 641 050
enquiries@nibsc.org
www.ukstemcellbank.org.uk; www.mhra.gov.uk

National Institute of Technology and Evaluation, Patent Microorganisms Depositary (NPMD)

#122, 2-5-8 Kazusakamatari
Kisarazu-shi
Chiba 292-0818, Japan

Tel. (+81) 438 20 55 80
Fax (+81) 438 20 55 81
npmd@nite.go.jp
www.nbrc.nite.go.jp/npmd/

National Measurement Institute (NMI)

1/153, Bertie Street
Port Melbourne, VIC 3207, Australia

Tel. (+61-3) 96 44 48 41
Fax (+61-3) 96 44 49 99
budapest.treaty@measurement.gov.au
www.measurement.gov.au

National Research Centre of Antibiotics (NRCA)

Nagatinskaya Street 3-a
Moscow 113105, Russian Federation

Tel. (+7-499) 611 42 38; 611 20 20
Fax (+7-499) 611 42 38
fgup_gnca@mail.ru

Polish Collection of Microorganisms (PCM)

Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy
Polish Academy of Sciences
Ul. Weigla 12
53-114 Wroclaw, Poland

Tel. (+48-71) 337 11 72
Fax (+48-71) 337 13 82
gamian@immuno.iitd.pan.wroc.pl
http://immuno.iitd.pan.wroc.pl

Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA)

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
60 Bigelow Drive
East Boothbay, Maine 04544, United States of America

Tel. (+1-207) 315-2567, Ext. 1
Fax (+1-207) 315-2320
PatentDeposit@bigelow.org
https://ncma.bigelow.org

Russian National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms (VKPM)

FGUP GosNII Genetika
Dorozhny proezd, 1
Moscow 117545, Russian Federation

Tel. (+7-495) 315 12 10
Fax (+7-495) 315 12 10; 315 05 01
vkpm@genetika.ru

VTT Culture Collection (VTTCC)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Tietotie 2
Espoo, Finland

Tel. (+358 20) 722 4526
Fax (+358 20)
722 7071 (contact: Erna Storgårds)
culture.collection@vtt.fi
http://culturecollection.vtt.fi

Total: 42 International Depositary Authorities

 


5. Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties of 23 May 1969

The following EPC contracting states are currently also parties to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties:

Albania

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of)

Malta

Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

(Total: 31 states)

 


6. Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO) of 15 April 1994

Albania

(08.09.2000) [ 26 ]

Angola

(23.11.1996)

Antigua and Barbuda

(01.01.1995)

Argentina

(01.01.1995)

Armenia

(05.02.2003)

Australia

(01.01.1995)

Austria

(01.01.1995)

Bahrain

(01.01.1995)

Bangladesh

(01.01.1995)

Barbados

(01.01.1995)

Belgium

(01.01.1995)

Belize

(01.01.1995)

Benin

(22.02.1996)

Bolivia

(12.09.1995)

Botswana

(31.05.1995)

Brazil

(01.01.1995)

Brunei Darussalam

(01.01.1995)

Bulgaria

(01.12.1996)

Burkina Faso

(03.06.1995)

Burundi

(23.07.1995)

Cambodia

(13.10.2004)

Cameroon

(13.12.1995)

Canada

(01.01.1995)

Cape Verde

(23.07.2008)

Central African Republic

(31.05.1995)

Chad

(19.10.1996)

Chile

(01.01.1995)

China

(11.12.2001)

Chinese Taipei

(01.01.2002)

Colombia

(30.04.1995)

Congo

(27.03.1997)

Costa Rica

(01.01.1995)

Côte d'Ivoire

(01.01.1995)

Croatia

(30.11.2000)

Cuba

(20.04.1995)

Cyprus

(30.07.1995)

Czech Republic

(01.01.1995)

Democratic Republic of the Congo

(01.01.1997)

Denmark

(01.01.1995)

Djibouti

(31.05.1995)

Dominica

(01.01.1995)

Dominican Republic

(09.03.1995)

Ecuador

(21.01.1996)

Egypt

(30.06.1995)

El Salvador

(07.05.1995)

Estonia

(13.11.1999)

European Community

(01.01.1995)

Fiji

(14.01.1996)

Finland

(01.01.1995)

France

(01.01.1995)

Gabon

(01.01.1995)

Gambia

(23.10.1996)

Georgia

(14.06.2000)

Germany

(01.01.1995)

Ghana

(01.01.1995)

Greece

(01.01.1995)

Grenada

(22.02.1996)

Guatemala

(21.07.1995)

Guinea

(25.10.1995)

Guinea-Bissau

(31.05.1995)

Guyana

(01.01.1995)

Haiti

(30.01.1996)

Honduras

(01.01.1995)

Hong Kong

(01.01.1995)

Hungary

(01.01.1995)

Iceland

(01.01.1995)

India

(01.01.1995)

Indonesia

(01.01.1995)

Ireland

(01.01.1995)

Israel

(21.04.1995)

Italy

(01.01.1995)

Jamaica

(09.03.1995)

Japan

(01.01.1995)

Jordan

(11.04.2000)

Kenya

(01.01.1995)

Korea (Republic of)

(01.01.1995)

Kuwait

(01.01.1995)

Kyrgyzstan

(20.12.1998)

Laos (People's Democratic Republic of)

(02.02.2013)

Latvia

(10 02.1999)

Lesotho

(31.05.1995)

Liechtenstein

(01.09.1995)

Lithuania

(31.05.2001)

Luxembourg

(01.01.1995)

Macao

(01.01.1995)

Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of)

(04.04.2003)

Madagascar

(17.11.1995)

Malawi

(31.05.1995)

Malaysia

(01.01.1995)

Maldives

(31.05.1995)

Mali

(31.05.1995)

Malta

(01.01.1995)

Mauritania

(31.05.1995)

Mauritius

(01.01.1995)

Mexico

(01.01.1995)

Moldova (Republic of)

(26.07.2001)

Mongolia

(29.01.1997)

Montenegro

(29.04.2012)

Morocco

(01.01.1995)

Mozambique

(26.08.1995)

Myanmar

(01.01.1995)

Namibia

(01.01.1995)

Nepal

(23.04.2004)

Netherlands

(01.01.1995)

New Zealand

(01.01.1995)

Nicaragua

(03.09.1995)

Niger

(13.12.1996)

Nigeria

(01.01.1995)

Norway

(01.01.1995)

Oman

(09.11.2000)

Pakistan

(01.01.1995)

Panama

(06.09.1997)

Papua New Guinea

(09.06.1996)

Paraguay

(01.01.1995)

Peru

(01.01.1995)

Philippines

(01.01.1995)

Poland

(01.07.1995)

Portugal

(01.01.1995)

Qatar

(13.01.1996)

Romania

(01.01.1995)

Russian Federation

(22.08.2012)

Rwanda

(22.05.1996)

Saint Kitts and Nevis

(21.02.1996)

Saint Lucia

(01.01.1995)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

(01.01.1995)

Samoa

(10.05.2012)

Saudi Arabia

(11.12.2005)

Senegal

(01.01.1995)

Sierra Leone

(23.07.1995)

Singapore

(01.01.1995)

Slovakia

(01.01.1995)

Slovenia

(30.07.1995)

Solomon Islands

(26.07.1996)

South Africa

(01.01.1995)

Spain

(01.01.1995)

Sri Lanka

(01.01.1995)

Suriname

(01.01.1995)

Swaziland

(01.01.1995)

Sweden

(01.01.1995)

Switzerland

(01.01.1995)

Tajikistan

(02.03.2013)

Tanzania (United Republic of)

(01.01.1995)

Thailand

(01.01.1995)

Togo

(31.05.1995)

Tonga

(27.07.2007)

Trinidad and Tobago

(01.03.1995)

Tunisia

(29.03.1995)

Turkey

(26.03.1995)

Uganda

(01.01.1995)

Ukraine

(16.05.2008)

United Arab Emirates

(10.04.1996)

United Kingdom

(01.01.1995)

United States of America

(01.01.1995)

Uruguay

(01.01.1995)

Vanuatu

(24.08.2012)

Venezuela

(01.01.1995)

Viet Nam

(11.01.2007)

Zambia

(01.01.1995)

Zimbabwe

(05.03.1995)

(Total: 159 states)

 


II. EUROPEAN CONVENTIONS

1. Convention on the Grant of European Patents of 5 October 1973 (European Patent Convention)

Albania[ 27 ]

(01.05.2010) [ 28 ]

Austria[ 27 ]

(01.05.1979)

Belgium[ 27 ]

(07.10.1977)

Bulgaria[ 27 ]

(01.07.2002)

Croatia[ 27 ]

(01.01.2008)

Cyprus[ 27 ]

(01.04.1998)

Czech Republic[ 27 ]

(01.07.2002)

Denmark[ 27 ], [ 29 ]

(01.01.1990)

Estonia[ 27 ]

(01.07.2002)

Finland[ 27 ]

(01.03.1996)

France[ 27 ], [ 30 ]

(07.10.1977)

Germany[ 27 ]

(07.10.1977)

Greece[ 27 ]

(01.10.1986)

Hungary[ 27 ]

(01.01.2003)

Iceland[ 27 ]

(01.11.2004)

Ireland[ 27 ]

(01.08.1992)

Italy[ 27 ]

(01.12.1978)

Latvia[ 27 ]

(01.07.2005)

Liechtenstein[ 27 ], [ 31 ]

(01.04.1980)

Lithuania[ 27 ]

(01.12.2004)

Luxembourg[ 27 ]

(07.10.1977)

Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of)[ 27 ]

(01.01.2009)

Malta[ 27 ]

(01.03.2007)

Monaco[ 27 ]

(01.12.1991)

Netherlands[ 27 ], [ 32 ]

(07.10.1977)

Norway[ 27 ]

(01.01.2008)

Poland[ 27 ]

(01.03.2004)

Portugal[ 27 ]

(01.01.1992)

Romania[ 27 ]

(01.03.2003)

San Marino[ 27 ]

(01.07.2010)

Serbia[ 27 ]

(01.10.2010)

Slovakia[ 27 ]

(01.07.2002)

Slovenia[ 27 ]

(01.12.2002)

Spain[ 27 ]

(01.10.1986)

Sweden[ 27 ]

(01.05.1978)

Switzerland[ 27 ]

(07.10.1977)

Turkey[ 27 ]

(01.11.2000)

United Kingdom[ 27 ], [ 33 ]

(07.10.1977)

(Total: 38 states)


1.1 Agreements on co-operation in the field of patents/extension agreements

Bosnia and Herzegovina[ 34 ]

(01.12.2004) [ 35 ]

Montenegro[ 34 ]

(01.03.2010)

(Total: 2 states)

1.2 International exhibitions as referred to in Article 55 EPC

1. The following list enumerates, for purposes of the application of Article 55(1)(b) EPC, those international exhibitions falling within the terms of the Convention relating to International Exhibitions signed at Paris on 22 November 1928 and last revised on 30 November 1972 which have been registered so far by the International Exhibitions Bureau.

Period

Place

Theme[ 36 ]

01.05.-31.10.2015

Milano[ 37 ]
(IT)

Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

23.04.-30.10.2016

Antalya[ 38 ]
(TR)

Children and Flowers: Green Life for Future Generations

10.06.-10.09.2015

Astana[ 39 ]
(KZ)

Future energy: Solutions for Tackling Mankind's Greatest Challenge

20.10.2020-10.04.2021

Dubai[ 37 ]
(AE)

Connecting Minds, Creating the Future

2. The disclosure of an invention at one of these exhibitions by the applicant or his legal predecessor is not prejudicial to a European patent application if it occurred no earlier than six months preceding the filing of the application and provided the applicant states, when filing the application, that the invention has been so displayed and submits, within four months of the filing of the application, the certificate of exhibition referred to in Rule 25 EPC.


1.3 London Agreement dated 17 October 2000 on the application of Article 65 EPC

Albania

(01.09.2013) [ 40 ]

Croatia

(01.05.2008)

Denmark

(01.05.2008)

Finland

(01.11.2011)

France

(01.05.2008)

Germany

(01.05.2008)

Hungary

(01.01.2011)

Iceland

(01.05.2008)

Ireland

(01.03.2014)

Latvia

(01.05.2008)

Liechtenstein

(01.05.2008)

Lithuania

(01.05.2009)

Luxembourg

(01.05.2008)

Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of)

(01.02.2012)

Monaco

(01.05.2008)

Netherlands

(01.05.2008)

Slovenia

(01.05.2008)

Sweden

(01.05.2008)

Switzerland

(01.05.2008)

United Kingdom

(01.05.2008)

(Total: 20 states)


1.4 Biological material depositary institutions recognised for the purposes of Rules 31 and 34 EPC

(a) International depositary authorities under the Budapest Treaty, indicated in I.4.2 above.

(b) The following depositary institution, recognised under an agreement with the EPO:

Collection Nationale de Cultures de Micro-organismes (CNCM)
Institut Pasteur
28, Rue du Docteur Roux
75724 Paris Cedex 15
France
OJ EPO 1982, 452; 1989, 51.

1.5 Microbiological experts recognised by the President of the EPO in accordance with Rule 32, paragraph 2(b), EPC

The list of microbiological experts recognised by the President of the EPO in accordance with Rule 32(2)(b) EPC, with an indication of their fields of activity, was published in OJ EPO 1992, 470.

 


2. Agreement on a Unified Patent Court of 19 February 2013

Signatory states[ 41 ]

Austria

(19.02.2013) [ 42 ]

Belgium

(19.02.2013)

Bulgaria

(05.03.2013)

Czech Republic

(19.02.2013)

Cyprus

(19.02.2013)

Denmark

(19.02.2013)

Estonia

(19.02.2013)

Finland

(19.02.2013)

France

(19.02.2013)

Germany

(19.02.2013)

Greece

(19.02.2013)

Hungary

(19.02.2013)

Ireland

(19.02.2013)

Italy

(19.02.2013)

Latvia

(19.02.2013)

Lithuania

(19.02.2013)

Luxembourg

(19.02.2013)

Malta

(19.02.2013)

Netherlands

(19.02.2013)

Portugal

(19.02.2013)

Romania

(19.02.2013)

Slovakia

(19.02.2013)

Slovenia

(19.02.2013)

Sweden

(19.02.2013)

United Kingdom

(19.02.2013)

(Total: 25 states)

3. Convention on the Unification of Certain Points of Substantive Law on Patents for Invention, of 27 November 1963

Belgium

(24.12.1999) [ 43 ]

Denmark

(30.12.1989)

France

(01.08.1980)

Germany

(01.08.1980)

Ireland

(01.08.1980)

Italy

(18.05.1981)

Liechtenstein

(01.08.1980)

Luxembourg

(01.08.1980)

Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of)

(25.05.1998)

Netherlands

(03.12.1987)

Sweden

(01.08.1980)

Switzerland

(01.08.1980)

United Kingdom

(01.08.1980)

(Total: 13 states)

 

[ 1 ] Additional information relating in particular to the territorial field of application of the Paris Convention pursuant to Article 24 of the Convention is to be found on WIPO's website (www.wipo.int).

[ 2 ] Articles 1 to 12.

[ 3 ] Articles 13 to 30.

[ 4 ] The date on which ratification or accession took effect is indicated for each state.

[ 5 ] Is also a contracting state to the EPC.

[ 6 ] Has made the reservation provided for in Art. 64(5) PCT.

[ 7 ] Any designation of this state in an international application is treated in the same way as an indication of the wish to obtain a regional patent designating such state (Art. 45(2) PCT).

[ 8 ] Any designation of this state in an international application is treated in the same way as a joint designation of Switzerland and Liechtenstein (Art. 45(2) PCT in conjunction with Art. 3 of the Patent Treaty between Switzerland and Liechtenstein; see OJ EPO 1980, 407).

[ 9 ] The PCT applies also to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with effect from 1 July 1997; it is, however, not applicable to the Macao Special Administrative Region.

[ 10 ] Has made the reservation provided for in Art. 64(2)(a)(ii) PCT.

[ 11 ] Including all overseas departments and territories.

[ 12 ] The Treaty extends to the Isle of Man with effect from 29 October 1983.

[ 13 ] Ratification for the Kingdom in Europe, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. The Netherlands Antilles ceased to exist on 10 October 2010. As from that date, the PCT continues to apply to Curaçao and Sint Maarten. The PCT also continues to apply to the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba which, with effect from 10 October 2010, have become part of the territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe.

[ 14 ] Serbia is the continuing state from Serbia and Montenegro as from 3 June 2006.

[ 15 ] Date of ratification by the Soviet Union, succeeded by the Russian Federation as from 25 December 1991.

[ 16 ] Has made the reservation provided for in Art. 64(3)(a) and 64(4)(a) PCT.

[ 17 ] Extends to all areas for which the United States of America has international responsibility.

[ 18 ] The date on which ratification or accession took effect is indicated for each state.

[ 19 ] The date on which ratification or accession took effect is indicated for each state.

[ 20 ] Ratification for the Kingdom in Europe, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. The Netherlands Antilles ceased to exist on 10 October 2010. As from that date, the Treaty continues to apply to Curaçao and Sint Maarten. The Treaty also continues to apply to the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba which, with effect from 10 October 2010, have become part of the territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe.

[ 21 ] Date of ratification by the Soviet Union, which was succeeded by the Russian Federation as from 25 December 1991.

[ 22 ] Serbia is the continuing state from Serbia and Montenegro as from 3 June 2006.

[ 23 ] In accordance with the declaration the Organisation recognises, pursuant to Article 3(1)(a) of the Treaty, the fact and date of the deposit of a micro-organism made with an international depositary authority as well as the fact that what is furnished as a sample is a sample of the deposited micro-organism.

[ 24 ] Date of effect: see OJ EPO 1980, 380.

[ 25 ] Information regarding kinds of micro-organisms accepted by the authority, fees and requirements under Rule 6.3 of the Budapest Treaty is available on WIPO's website under www.wipo.int/treaties/en/registration/budapest/pdf/ida.pdf.
See also the Guide to the Deposit of Microorganisms under the Budapest Treaty, published by WIPO, 34 chemin des Colombettes, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland, and WIPO's website (www.wipo.int).

[ 26 ] The date on which ratification or accession took effect is indicated for each state.

[ 27 ] Is also a contracting state to the PCT.

[ 28 ] The date on which ratification or accession took effect is indicated for each state.

[ 29 ] The EPC does not apply to Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

[ 30 ] The EPC is also applicable to the overseas territories.

[ 31 ] Any designation of this state is treated in the same way as a joint designation of Switzerland and Liechtenstein (Art. 142(1) EPC in conjunction with Art. 2 of the Patent Treaty between Switzerland and Liechtenstein, see OJ EPO 1980, 407).

[ 32 ] The EPC is applicable to the territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe, and as of 4 April 2007 also to Curaçao, Sint Maarten and the Dutch Caribbean (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba).

[ 33 ] The EPC is also applicable to the Isle of Man. For further information on the registration of European patents (UK) in overseas states and territories, see OJ EPO 2004, 179 and OJ EPO 2009, 546.

[ 34 ] Is also a contracting state to the PCT.

[ 35 ] Date of entry into force of the extension agreements.

[ 36 ] Only the English version of the exhibition themes is the official version.

[ 37 ] Registered exhibition.

[ 38 ] Horticultural exhibition.

[ 39 ] Recognised exhibition.

[ 40 ] The date on which ratification or accession took effect is indicated for each state.

[ 41 ] In accordance with Article 89 of the Agreement, this Agreement enters into force on 1 January 2014 or on the first day of the fourth month after the deposit of the thirteenth instrument of ratification or accession in accordance with Article 84, including the three member states in which the highest number of European patents had effect in the year preceding the year in which the signature of the Agreement takes place or on the first day of the fourth month after the date of entry into force of the amendments to Regulation (EU) No. 1215/2012 concerning its relationship with this Agreement, whichever is the latest.
EU Regulations No. 1257/2012 and No. 1260/2012 on unitary patent protection will apply from the date of entry into force of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court.

[ 42 ] Date of signature.

[ 43 ] The date on which ratification or accession took effect is indicated for each state.

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