European Patent Convention (EPC)

An agreement between European nations to centralize and standardize patent law and procedure. The EPC, which took effect in 1977, established a single “European patent” through application to the European Patent Office in Munich. Once granted, the patent matures into a bundle of individual patents–one in each member country.

Contact: European Patent Office; D-80298, Munich, Germany; Tel: +49 (0) 693 807 917 66; Web:

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