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Additional translations no longer required in Belgium for a European patent

Translation Belgium European Patent

The London Agreement will be implemented in Belgium from 1 January 2017 by a legislative amendment. Consequently, it will no longer be necessary to submit a translation for the validation of a granted European patent in Belgium, including for patent applications drawn up in English.

This makes validating a European patent in Belgium a more attractive option for many companies, since the granted European patent is therefore automatically validated in Belgium, and is in force in Belgium at least until the time that the next renewal fee is to be paid. This makes the situation in Belgium similar to that in Germany, France and the UK.

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