Norway to join EPO

Posted in European Patents on by Admin

Norway will become the 33rd member of the European Patent Organisation on 1 January 2008. From this date, it will become possible to obtain patent protection in Norway by way of a European patent application, either directly or by way of the European regional phase of the international (PCT) patent application procedure.

This is good news for companies who wish to seek protection in Norway, including many Scottish companies involved in the oil and gas industries, aquaculture or wave power, who were previously required to file Norwegian national patent applications and to incur the costs of having their applications translated into Norwegian on filing.