Contracting state

Belgium

1

Must a national professional representative be appointed?

 

Yes, in the case of natural or legal persons having neither a residen­ce nor their actual place of business in a member state of the EEA.

Natural or legal persons obliged or wishing to be represented in patent matters before the OPRI by a third party must use a professional repres­entative, i.e.

- a patent attorney authorised to act before the OPRI

- a lawyer on the Belgian roll of lawyers or list of trainee lawyers

- a lawyer and a patent attorney who are nationals of an EEA member state and are authorised to practise in a member state

- a lawyer authorised to practise in Belgium by law or under an international treaty.

Natural or legal persons having their residence or an actual place of busi­ness in a member state of the EEA may be represented in patent matters before the OPRI by an employee, who need not be a profes­sional representative but must be authorised.


Art. XI.62, XI.64, XI.65 and XI.66 ELC

2

(a) Special fee payable?

(b) If so, when due?

 

(a) No

(b) n/a

3

Language(s) in which the translation must be filed

 

French, Dutch or German

(with regard to European patent applications filed before 13 December 2007 in German, see OJ EPO 1999, 320)


Art. 2(3) Law of 21.4.07*
Art. 3(3) Law of 8.7.77**
Art. XI.82(3) ELC***

4

(a) Must a form be used?

(b) No. of copies to be filed

 

(a) No

(b) 1


Art. 3(1) RD of 5.12.07*
Art. 4(1) RD of 27.2.81**
Art. XI.82(3) ELC***

5

Manner and form in which the translation is made available to the public

 

The translations filed with the OPRI and related bibliographic data can be inspected in the Belgian Patent Register, accessible via the OPRI website (http://bpp.economie.fgov.be/fo-eregister-view/)

Copies available


Art. 2(3) Law of 21.4.07*
Art. 3 RD of 5.12.07*
Art. 3(3) Law of 8.7.77**
Art. 4 RD of 27.2.81**
Art. XI.82(3) ELC***
Art. 3 RD of 12.5.15***

6

Correction of translation

(a) permitted?

(b) Special fee payable?

 

(a) Yes (errors of transcription)

(b) No


Art. 6 RD of 5.12.07*
Art. 7 RD of 27.2.81**
Art. 7 RD of 12.5.15***

7

Special features

 

The translation must contain the EP application's file number and date of filing and its publication number and date, the name of the applicant and a translation of the title of the invention.


Art. 7 RD of 5.12.07**
Art. 3 RD of 12.5.15***

* European patent applications filed between 13 December 2007 and 21 September 2014.

** European patent applications filed before 13 December 2007.

*** European patent applications filed after 22 September 2014.

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