EPO: Welcome Serbia !

The Republic of Serbia ratified its accession to the European Patent Convention on July 15, 2010 and is planned to become the EPO’s 38th  member state on 1 October 2010.

European Patent applications filed on or after this date will include the designation of Serbia, but it will not be possible to designate Serbia retroactively. Upon applicant’s request, EPO can give applications filed in September the filing date of 1 October.

Nationals of and residents in Serbia will be able to file applications under the PCT with EPO from 1 October 2010.