Republic of Albania (AL) accedes to the EPC
Subsequent to the Government of the Republic of Albania depositing its instrument of accession in February this year, the EPC will enter into force for Albania on 1 May 2010. The European Patent Organisation will then comprise 37 member states. European patent applications filed on or after 1 May 2010 will therefore include the designation of Albania and it will not be possible to designate Albania retroactively in applications filed before that date. Also, any PCT request filed on or after 1 May 2010 will automatically designate Albania for the purposes of obtaining a European patent. The extension agreement that had previously been in place between Albania and the EPO will terminate on 1 May 2010 although that system will continue to apply for all European, and international, applications filed before 1 May 2010.