With Ireland already having deposited on November 25, 2012 the instrument of accession to the London Agreement, the new legislation will formally enter into force in Ireland on March 1, 2014.
Ireland had already signed into effect national laws in order to faciliate the transition to the London Agreement. Since 2012, applicants are no longer required to file translations into English of the specification of European patents that have been granted in French or German language. With the formal accession to the club of member states of the London Agreement, Ireland has now set a new course for a modern and simplified language regime applicable for any European patents to be validated in this country.
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