Official Journal April 2016

Citation: A38
Online publication date: 29.4.2016

INTERNATIONAL TREATIES

Synopsis of the territorial field of application of international patent treaties

(situation on 1 March 2016)

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[ 2 ], 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

Kuwait Stockholm

Kyrgyzstan Stockholm

Laos (People's Democratic Republic of) Stockholm

Latvia Stockholm

Lebanon London[ 2 ], 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[ 2 ], 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[ 2 ], 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[ 2 ], 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[ 2 ], Stockholm[ 3 ]

Sudan Stockholm

Suriname Stockholm

Swaziland Stockholm

Sweden Stockholm

Switzerland Stockholm

Syrian Arab Republic Stockholm

Tajikistan Stockholm

Tanzania (United Republic of) Lisbon[ 2 ], 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[ 2 ], Stockholm[ 3 ]

Zimbabwe Stockholm

(Total: 176 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 ], [ 7 ]

(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)

Japan

(11.06.2016)

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: 37 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 organisations[ 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 
Agricultural Research Service
Culture Collection (NRRL)
1815 North University Street 
Peoria, Illinois 61604, United States of America 
Tel. (+1-309) 685 40 11 
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 (+7-495) 956 33 70 
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 
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 
Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms (BCCM)
BCCM Coordination Cell 
Federal Public Planning Service 
Science Policy 
231, avenue Louise 
1050 Brussels, Belgium 
Tel. (+32-2) 238 36 07 
Fax (+32-2) 230 59 12 
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 

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 

China Center for Type Culture Collection (CCTCC)

College of Life Sciences 
Wuhan University 
Wuhan, 430072, China 
Tel. (+86-27) 6875 2319;  
6875-4712; -4052; -4001 
Fax (+86-27) 6875 4833 

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 
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 
Colección de Microorganismos del Centro Nacional de Recursos Genéticos (CM-CNRG)

Boulevard de la Biodiversidad No. 400

Col. Rancho las Cruces

Tepatitlán de Morelos, Jalisco C.P. 47600

Mexico 

Tel. (+52- 378) 1065020 ext. 5107, 5207, 5202

cm-cnrg@inifap.gob.mx

Website under construction, to be hosted on the webpage of CIRPAC-INIFAP: www.inifapcirpac.gob.mx
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 
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  
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 
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 
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 
Czech Collection of Microorganisms (CCM)
Kamenice 5/building A25 
625 00 Brno, Czech Republic 
Tel. (+420) 549 491 430 
Fax (+420) 549 498 289 

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 

Guangdong Microbial Culture Collection Center (GDMCC)

Guangdong Institute of Microbiology

No. 59 Building, No. 100 Xianliezhong Road

Guangzhou 510075, China 

Tel. (+86-20) 8713 7633, 8713 7636, 3765 6629

Fax (+86-20) 8768 6803

gdmcc@gdim.cn

www.gimcc.net

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 

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 

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  

Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell'Emilia Romagna "Bruno Ubertini" (IZSLER)

Via Bianchi 9 
25124 Brescia, Italy 
Tel. (+39-030) 22901 
Fax (+39-030) 242 52 51 

Korean Agricultural Culture Collection (KACC)

Agricultural Microbiology Division

National Academy of Agricultural Science

Rural Development Administration

166, Nongsaengmyeong-ro, Iseo-myeon

Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do 565-851, Republic of Korea

Tel. (+82) 63 238 3024

Fax (+82) 63 238 3845

kacc@korea.kr

www.genebank.go.kr

 

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 
Korean Collection for Type Cultures (KCTC)

125 Gwahak-ro

Yuseong-gu

Daejeon 305-806, Republic of Korea

Tel. (+82-42) 860 46 12; 860 46 56 
Fax (+82-42) 860 46 77; 860 46 25 
Korean Culture Center of Microorganisms (KCCM)
361-221, Yurim B/D 
Honje 1, Sudaemun 
Seoul, 120-091, Republic of Korea 
Tel. (+82-42) 392 09 50 
Fax (+82-42) 392 28 59 
Lady Mary Fairfax CellBank Australia (CBA)
Children's Medical Research Institute 214 Hawkesbury Rd  
Westmead, NSW 2145, Australia 
Tel. (+61-2) 8865 2977 
Fax (+61-2) 9687 2120 
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 
Microbial Culture Collection (MCC)
National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) 
University of Pune Campus, Ganeshkhind 
Pune-411007, Maharashtra, India 
Tel. (+91 20) 257 08 237  
Fax (+91 20) 256 92 259 
Microbial Strain Collection of Latvia (MSCL)

Jelgavas str. 1

1004 Riga, Latvia 

Tel. (+371) 6703 3925

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 
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 
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 

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 

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 

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 

National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC)

UK Stem Cell Bank 
Blanche Lane  
South Mimms 
Potters Bar, Herts., EN6 3QG, United Kingdom 
Tel. (+44-1707) 641 560  
Fax (+44-1707) 641 050 

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 
National Measurement Institute (NMI)
1/153, Bertie Street 
Port Melbourne, VIC 3207, Australia 
Tel. (+61-3) 9644 4841  
Fax (+61-3) 9644 4999 
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 
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 1172  
Fax (+48-71) 337 1382 
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 
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 
VTT Culture Collection (VTTCC)
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland 
Tietotie 2 
Espoo, Finlandw 
Tel. (+358 20) 722 4526 
Fax (+358 20) 722 7071  
(contact: Erna Storgårds) 

 

Total: 46 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)

Congo (Democratic Republic of)

(01.01.1997)

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)

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)

Kazakhstan

(30.11.2015)

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)

Seychellen

(26.04.2015)

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

(01.07.1995)

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)

Yemen

(26.06.2014)

Zambia

(01.01.1995)

Zimbabwe

(05.03.1995)

(Total: 162 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[ 29 ], [ 30 ]

(01.01.1990)

Estonia[ 27 ]

(01.07.2002)

Finland[ 27 ]

(01.03.1996)

France[ 27 ], [ 29 ]

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

Albania

(01.09.2013) [ 34 ]

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)

Norway

(01.01.2015)

Slovenia

(01.05.2008)

Sweden

(01.05.2008)

Switzerland

(01.05.2008)

United Kingdom

(01.05.2008)

(Total: 21 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[ 35 ]

02.04.-12.09.2016

Milano[ 36 ]

(IT)

XXI Triennale "21st Century. Design after Design"

23.04.-30.10.2016

Antalya[ 37 ]

(TR)

Children and Flowers: Green Life for Future Generations

10.06.-10.09.2017

Astana[ 38 ]

(KZ)

Future energy: Solutions for Tackling Mankind's Greatest Challenge

29.04.-07.10.2019

Beijing[ 37 ]

(CN)

"Live Green, Live Better"

20.10.2020-10.04.2021

Dubai[ 39 ]

(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 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.

1.4 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. Agreements concluded by the European Patent Organisation with third countries

2.1 Extension agreements

Bosnia and Herzegovina[ 40 ]

(01.12.2004) [ 41 ]

Montenegro[ 40 ]

(01.03.2010)

(Total: 2 states)

2.2 Validation agreements

Morocco[ 40 ]

(01.03.2015)[ 41 ]

Republic of Moldova[ 40 ]

(01.11.2015)

(Total: 2 states)

 


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

Signatory states[ 42 ]

Austria

(19.02.2013) [ 43 ]

Belgium

(19.02.2013)

Bulgaria

(05.03.2013)

Cyprus

(19.02.2013)

Czech Republic

(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)

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

Belgium

(24.12.1999) [ 44 ]

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, 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 is also applicable to the overseas territories.

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

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

[ 35 ] The official languages for the exhibition themes are the language of the host country, plus English and French.

[ 36 ] Exhibition of Decorative Arts and Modern Architecture.

[ 37 ] Horticultural exhibition.

[ 38 ] Recognised exhibition.

[ 39 ] Registered exhibition.

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

[ 41 ] Date of entry into force.

[ 42 ] 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.

[ 43 ] Date of signature.

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

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