Lithuania Joins Patent Convention
Munich - With the accession of Lithuania to the European Patent Convention (EPC) in December last year, the European Patent Organization (EPO) has grown to 30 member states. Moreover, an agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina has entered into force, allowing applicants to extend their patent applications and patents to that country, which has observer status in the EPO. According to the President of the European Patent Office, Professor Alain Pompidou: “The expansion is not only an important contribution to the European integration process. It also underlines the role patents play in the European economy”. Last year also saw the accession of Poland and Iceland to the EPC, as well as the extension of agreements with Croatia and Serbia and Montenegro. With Latvia, Malta and Norway, further countries are set to join the European Patent Organization in the foreseeable future.