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Morocco recognises European patents as national patents

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From 1 March 2015, anyone filing a European patent application will be able to request validation for Morocco. European applications and patents validated for Morocco will have the same legal effect as Moroccan patents and will be subject to Moroccan patent law.

 

On 17 December 2010, the President of the European Patent Office and Morocco's Minister for Industry signed an agreement on the validation of European patents (validation agreement).

 

The agreement enters into force on 1 March 2015. European patent applications or International patent applications filed from that date will have the option to be validated in Morocco.

 

Unlike validations of designated states that are required at the grant of a European patent to bring it into force in that designated state, "validation" here refers to the payment of a fee to the EPO.  This is due within six months of the date of publication of the European search report. In the case of European patent applications based on an international application (PCT), the fee is due on entry into the European phase.

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Jonathan is a British and European Patent Attorney. He studied Cybernetics with Computer Science at Reading University. He is also a Chartered IT Professional and is a member of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. He is active in promoting IP awareness in IT companies and spends much of his time dealing with both IP for IT and technical IT issues.