INFORMATION FROM THE CONTRACTING / EXTENSION STATES
GB United Kingdom
Registration of European patents (UK) in overseas states or territories (Situation as of February 1992)*
The Department of Trade and Industry, Industrial Property and Copyright Department (IPCD), London, has supplied the following information (not necessarily obtained from official sources) regarding registration of European patents (UK) in overseas states or territories which register UK national patents.
1. The following states or territories have amended their legislation to permit registration of European patents (UK):
Turks and Caicos
Virgin Islands (British)
2. The following states or territories register European patents (UK) under their existing laws and do not at present intend to amend their law:
*Trinidad and Tobago
3. The following states or territories have indicated a positive intention to amend their laws and, according to current information, are at present registering European patents (UK):
St. Christopher (St. Kitts) Nevis2
4. In addition to the above, according to current information the following states or territories are registering European patents (UK):
5. European Patents (UK) are not registered at present in the following states or territories:
6. The following states or territories have given no indication of their intentions in this regard:
7. Barbados and Jamaica have an independent patent system and make no provision for registration of UK national patents or European patents (UK).
1 Information from official sources and from unofficial (i.e. agents) sources appear to conflict as to the situation pertaining in Yemen. The former Yemen Arab Republic (YAR) - North Yemen -and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY) - South Yemen - have recently been unified. According to official sources UK patents, including European patents (UK), can still be registered in Aden and will now extend to the entire unified Republic of Yemen. It is unclear as to whether the same situation applies to a patent registered in Sana'a. Therefore, it is advisable that any applications for registration are filed in Aden rather than in Sana'a.
2 Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which together form the state of Tanzania, require separate registrations.
3 Although confirmation has been received that it is intended to amend the law to permit registration of European patents (UK), no confirmation exists that European patents (UK) may currently be registered.
4 Montserrat has informed the UK Patent Office of its intention to amend its legislation to permit registration of European patents (UK) in the future.