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London Agreement – Reduced Translation Costs of European Patents in Hungary

London Agreement – Reduced Translation Costs of European Patents in Hungary

28/10/10

The London Agreement simplifies and reduces the associated translation costs by reducing, and in some instances eliminating, the translation required for validation of a granted European patent.

The London Agreement will enter into force in Hungary on 1 January 2011, and will then be in force in sixteen EPC contracting states*.

For European patents granted on or after 1 January 2011, no Hungarian translation of the European patent specification need be supplied if the patent is granted in English. A translation of the claims into Hungarian must however be supplied. If no English translation of the patent specification is available, applicants will have to supply a Hungarian translation.

The application of the of the London Agreement in Hungary will also apply to European patents amended in opposition, appeal or limitation proceedings which were granted before 1 January 2011 and amended in those proceeding on or after that date.

*Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom