Formally the Agreement on the application of Article 65 of the Convention on the Grant of European Patents, the London Agreement is an agreeement aimed at reducing the translation costs of European patents when being validated post-grant. Prior to its introduction, European patents had to be translated into the or an official language of each country in which validation being carried out. Failure to file a translation resulted in the patent being deemed withdrawn. The London Agreement simplified the translation requirements, resulting in significantly lower translation costs in a number of contracting states.
The London Agreement has thus introduced four categories of translation requirements, including: those states dispensing with the need for a translation altogether, states requiring a full translation into the official language of the state, states requiring translation of the claims only and states requiring translation of the description into English and the claims into the official language of the state.« Back to Glossary Index