27 April 2006

Patent Conventions: Latest List of Members

The EPO has just published in this month's Official Journal an up to date list of contracting parties to every conceivable patent treaty and convention. The treaties covered include:
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Co-operation Treaty
  • Patent Law Treaty
  • Budapest
  • Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
  • World Trade Organization
  • European Patent Convention, Munich Act, London Agreement on art 65 et cetera.

I noted two things. First, HMG is party to a relatively large number of treaties - more than the USA and many EC member states. Secondly, 16 states have now ratified Munich 2000 which means that the EPC will be amended from 31 Dec 2007 at the latest.

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