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This Practice Note follows on from Practice Note: Applying to patent an invention in the UK.
Patent law still remains a largely national law, with national offices operating in each territory to examine and grant patent applications and national courts dealing with enforcement of those national patents. However, in some areas of the world, countries have developed regional patent offices which are able to examine and grant patents for all member states.
There are several such offices, two in Africa (ARIPO and OAPI), the Eurasian Patent Office (covering a number of ex-Soviet States), the Gulf Co-operation Office and the European Patent Office (EPO). This Practice Note relates to the EPO.
The EPO has two main offices, Munich and the Hague, but it also has a presence in other cities such as Berlin. There are currently 38 member states (including all 28 member states of the European Union), and two extension states, plus other states with which the EPO has validation agreements.
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