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London Agreement Approved By French Senate

by Ulrika Lomas, for LawAndTax-News.com, Brussels

11 October 2007


It emerged this week that the French Senate has approved legislation authorising the implementation of the London Agreement, which aims to give easier access to European patents – especially for small and medium-sized firms – by reducing translation costs for granted European patents.

The Senate approval of the law on Tuesday follows its approval by the National Assembly earlier this month, and - pending the deposit of ratification instruments - could see the Agreement coming into force in the next few months.

Countries which have ratified the London Agreement to date are: Germany, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Monaco and Slovenia. The parliaments of Sweden and Denmark have also approved the Agreement.

Accordingly, the London Agreement can be expected to enter into force shortly in 12 of the 32 member states of the European Patent Organisation.


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