Contracting state



Basis for conversion


Deemed withdrawal of the European patent application pursuant to Art. 77(3) EPC

Art. 6 Law of 21.4.07*
Art. 8 Law of 8.7.77**
Art. XI.87 ELC***


Procedural steps to be taken


(a) Payment of national filing fee (EUR 50)

(b) Filing of a trans­lation of the European patent application, including the abstract and any drawings, into one of the national languages if not drafted in any of those languages (see also section 5)

(c) Payment of any renewal fees due on the date of payment of the filing fee

(see also table VIII, section 3)

Art. 6 Law of 21.4.07*
Art. 9 RD of 5.12.07*
Art. 8 Law of 8.7.77**
Art. 10 RD of 27.2.81**
Art. 10 RD of 12.5.15***


Time limit for taking procedural steps referred to in section 2


The filing fee must be paid and any translation of the application supplied within three months of receipt by OPRI of the request for conversion. Renewal fees must be paid within the period prescribed in Art. XI.48(1) ELC.

Art. 6 Law of 21.4.07*
Art. 8 Law of 8.7.77**
Art. XI.87 ELC***
Art. 10(3) RD of 12.5.15***


Must a national professional representative be appointed?


See table III.B, section 1


Special features


The translation referred to in section 2(b) must be filed in one of the national lan­guages prescribed in the Royal De­cree of 18.7.66 on the co-ordination of laws concerning the use of languages for ad­ministrative purposes (see OJ EPO 1999, 320).

Where a translation is not required:

filing in duplicate, in accor­dance with the provisions applying to Belgian patents, of a copy of the EP applica­tion including the abstract, and, as the case may be, of the drawings accompanying the description and, if any, the abstract.

If an OPRI deadline is not met, the procedure for re-establishing rights under Art. XI.77 ELC is applicable.

Art. 9 (2) RD of 5.12.07*
Art. 10(2) RD of 27.2.81**
Art. 10(2) 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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