Cambodia becomes fourth 'validation state' at the EPO
The European patent system currently provides a route for obtaining patent protection in any one or more of the thirty-eight member states of the European Patent Convention. In addition, so called extension states can be selected within a European application to open the possibility of extending patent protection by way of the granted patent currently to Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro.
Since 1 December 2017 it has also been possible to select one or more of Morocco, the Republic of Moldova and Tunisia within a European application as a so-called validation state, to allow for validation of the European patent in those countries. The number of validation states has now increased with the validation agreement between the European Patent Organisation and Cambodia entering into force 1 March 2018. As of now, it will be possible to select one or more of these four countries as a validation state within a European application as a route to patent protection.