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European Patent Convention (EPC) 

The European Patent Convention provides an autonomous legal system for granting European patents via a single, harmonised procedure before the European Patent Office (EPO)

Extension/validation system

The extension and validation systems provide applicants for a European patent with a simple and cost-effective way of obtaining patent protection in third countries.

London Agreement

The London Agreement (Article 65 EPC) is aimed at reducing translation costs for European patents.

Official Journal

The Official Journal publishes decisions of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, decisions of the President of the EPO, case-law of the boards of appeal, and further information relevant to the EPC and its implementation.

National law relating to the EPC

With its "National law relating to the EPC" booklet, the EPO provides a concise and reliable guide to the most important provisions and requirements of EPO contracting and extension states' national law concerning European patent applications and patents. You can find the guide here.

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