- IEFBE 1980
- 25 okt 2016
- Ingezonden artikel
A recent amendment of the Belgian Code of Economic Law (comprising a.o. the Belgian Patent Act) will have important implications on the validation of European Patents in Belgium. As result of said amendment, European Patents designating Belgium and having a date of mention of grant (or of maintenance in amended form or limitation) ON OR AFTER 01 JANUARY 2017, will NO LONGER require a TRANSLATION according to Article 65(1) EPC, irrespectively of the language of the proceedings before the EPO (French, German or English).
The European Patents granted up to 31 December 2016, should continue to comply with today's existing translation requirements, i.e. with the submission of a translation within three (3) months as from the date of mention of grant, maintenance in amended form, or limitation.
For obtaining provisional protection in Belgium in respect of European Patent Applications according to Article 67(3) EPC, a translation of the claims into one of the National official languages will continue to be required.