An agreement between the European Patent Organisation and the Republic of Moldova allowing European patents to take legal effect in the Republic of Moldova entered into force on 1 November.
As a result, it is now possible for patent applicants to validate their European patent applications and patents in Moldova. After validation, these patents will confer the same rights and legal protection as national patents granted in Moldova.
This brings to 42 the number of countries for which patent protection can be obtained simultaneously with a single European patent application.
These include the 38 EPO member states, the two extension states Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro, and Morocco, with which the European Patent Organisation also has a validation agreement.