Republic of Serbia (RS) to accede to the EPC
Subsequent to the Government of the Republic of Serbia depositing its instrument of accession in July this year, the EPC will enter into force for Serbia on 1 October 2010. The European Patent Organisation will then comprise 38 member states. European patent applications filed on or after 1 October 2010 will therefore include the designation of Serbia (RS) and it will not be possible to designate Serbia retroactively in applications filed before that date. Also, any PCT request filed on or after 1 October 2010 will automatically designate Serbia for the purposes of obtaining a European patent. The extension agreement that had previously been in place between Serbia and the EPO will terminate on 1 October 2010 although that system will continue to apply for all European, and international, applications filed before 1 October 2010.