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How to get a European Patent in Moldova

03.12.15

As of 1 November 2015, it is possible for patent applicants to extend the scope of protection of their European patent to the Republic of Moldova.

This is a result of a validation agreement between the European Patent Office and the Republic of Moldova, which was signed back in 2013, coming into force. Protection in the Republic of Moldova will be available for any European applications filed on or after 1 November 2015, or any European applications resulting from a PCT application filed on or after 1 November 2015.  Validation is effected by paying a €200 fee within 6 months of the publication of the European search report (for European applications) or entry into the European regional phase (for Euro-PCT applications).  After validation and grant, these patents will confer the same rights as national Moldovan patents.

An updated list of validation agreements can be found here. This recent agreement means that protection can now be obtained via a European patent application in a total of 42 states. These include the member states, two extension states (Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina) and two validation states (Morocco and the Republic of Moldova).  Tunisia is expected to follow suit, a validation agreement with the EPO having been signed in July 2014.

For more information on this agreement, please see the EPO’s website here or here. Alternatively, please contact Amy Auger or your usual Kilburn & Strode advisor with any questions.