The potential reach of a European patent stretches further
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 2015 it has also been possible to select either or both of Morocco and the Republic of Moldova within a European application as a so-called validation state, to allow for validation of the European patent in that country. The number of validation states is set to increase on 1 December 2017 when the validation agreement between the European Patent Organisation and Tunisia enters into force. As of that date, it will be possible to select one or more of Morocco, the Republic of Moldova and Tunisia as a validation state within a European application to allow for validation in one or more of those countries.