The European Patent Office (EPO) announced in a recent press release that the agreement on the validation of European patents between the EPO and the Republic of Moldova has entered into force on November 1, 2015. With the recognition of the EPC, the Republic of Moldova followed Morocco to become the second country which is not a member of the European Patent Organization but gives the same legal effects to a European patent as a national patent on its territory.
With the entry into force of the agreement, it is thus possible to obtain patent protection in the Republic of Moldova by having a European patent granted by the European Patent Office. A national granting procedure in the Republic of Moldova is no longer necessary. However, in order to validate the European patent in the Republic of Moldova, the payment of a so-called validation fee is necessary. The amount of the fee is currently EUR 200 and the due date for paying the validation fee expires 6 months starting from the notice of the publication of the European search report. For Euro-PCT applications the validation fee will be due at the time for entering of the application into the European phase before the EPO.
For the validation of the granted European patent in the Republic of Moldova, a translation into Moldovan of the description, claims and figures of the European patent has to be filed with the State Agency on Intellectual Property of the Republic of Moldova. Both, the translation and a publication fee are due within three months of the date on which the mention of the grant of the European patent is published.
Taking into account the current EPC contracting states, validation and extension states, including the Republic of Moldova, a European patent can now provide patent protection in a total of 42 European and non-European countries.