Validation of European patents in Moldova

Created on Friday, 23 October 2015 13:18

On 1 November 2015 an agreement between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Republic of Moldova will enter into force, allowing European patents to take legal effect in Moldova. From this date, patent applicants shall be able to validate their European patent applications and granted patents in Moldova. Having passed the validation, these patents will grant their owners the same rights and legal protection as Moldovan issued national patents.

Hence Moldova shall be 42th country where a patent protection can be obtained on a basis of a single European patent application and a second non-member country that has a validation agreement with the EPO.

The other countries include the 38 EPO member states, 2 extension states (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro), and Morocco, a non-member state which entered into an alike agreement with the EPO in January 2015 (valid starting from 1 March 2015).

We would also like to remind that on April 26, 2012 Moldova has denounced its membership in Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO); however under a special agreement with EAPO it continues to recognize previously granted Eurasian patents as well as patents granted after Eurasian applications filed prior to the above date. Eurasian patents, granted after applications, filed after 26 April 2012, shall not be protected in Moldova - hence all applicants that need a patent protection for this country have to consider either receiving a national patent or a regional patent recognized in Moldova.