Validation EU Patents - Translation Requirements after Grant

 

(1) after the date on which the mention of grant is published in the European Patent Bulletin

Country Contracting State to the London Agreement on the application of Art. 65 EPC? Translation requirements
 
Period for filing translation Extension possible?
Albania yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Albanian,
specification in English or translated into English
3 months(1) yes (1 month)
Austria no specification into German 3 months(1) no
Belgium yes
official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
no translation n.a. n.a.
Bosnia Herzegovina (extension of EPC from 1.12.04) n.a. claims into either Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian 3 months(1) no
Bulgaria no specification into Bulgarian 3 months(1) no
Cambodia (validation of EPC from 1.3.18) n.a. claims into Khmer 3 months(1) n.a.
Croatia yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Croatian,
specification in English or translated into English
3 months(1) no
Cyprus no specification into Greek 3 months(1) no
Czechia no specification into Czech 3 months(1) yes (3 months)
Denmark yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Danish,
if the European patent has been granted in French or German, a translation of the other parts of the European patent into English or Danish
3 months(1) no
Estonia no specification into Estonian 3 months(1) yes (2 months)
Finland yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Finnish
- if the European patent has been granted in French or German, a translation into English or Finnish
- if the patentee's own language is Swedish, the translation may be filed in Swedish
3 months(1) no
France yes
official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
no translation n.a. n.a.
Germany yes
official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
no translation n.a. n.a.
Greece no specification into Greek 3 months(1) no
Hungary yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Hungarian,
if the European patent has been granted in French or German, a full translation into English or Hungarian
3 months(1) yes (3 months)
Iceland yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Icelandic,
other parts of the European patent must be supplied in Icelandic or English
4 months(1) no
Ireland yes
official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
no translation n.a. n.a.
Italy no specification into Italian 3 months(1) yes (2 months)
Latvia yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Latvian 3 months(1) no
Liechtenstein
see Switzerland
Lithuania yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Lithuanian 3 months(1) no
Luxembourg yes
official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
no translation n.a. n.a.
Malta no specification into English 3 months(1) no
Moldova (validation of EPC from 1.11.15) n.a. specification into Romanian 3 months(1) yes (3 months)
Monaco yes
official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
no translation n.a. n.a.
Montenegro (extension of EPC from 1.3.10) n.a. claims into Montenegrin 3 months(1) no
Morocco n.a. claims into Arabic or French 3 months(1) no
Netherlands yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Dutch,
if the European patent has been granted in French or German, a translation into English or Dutch
3 months(1) no
North Macedonia yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Macedonian 3 months(1) no
Norway yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Norwegian,
if the European patent was granted in French or German, a translation of the description (including any drawings) and title into either English or Norwegian
 3 months(1) no
Poland no specification into Polish 3 months(1) no
Portugal no specification into Portuguese 3 months(1) yes (1 month)
Romania no specification into Romanian 3 months(1) yes (3 months)
San Marino no patent description and claims into Italian 6 months(1) no
Serbia no specification into Serbian 3 months(1) no
Slovak Republic no specification into Slovak 3 months(1) yes (3 months)
Slovenia yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Slovene 3 months(1) no
Spain no specification into Spanish 3 months(1) yes (2 months)
Sweden yes
no official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
claims into Swedish,
if the European patent has been granted in French or German, a translation into English or Swedish
3 months(1) no
Switzerland yes
official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
no translation n.a. n.a.
Tunisia (validation of EPC from 1.12.17) n.a. claims into Arabic or French 3 months(1) no
Turkey no specification into Turkish 3 months(1) yes (3 months)
United Kingdom yes
official language in common with one of the official languages of the EPO
no translation n.a. n.a.

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