On January 15, 2024, the validation agreement between the European Patent Organisation (EPO) and Georgia entered into force.
Patent owners can now validate their European patent applications and patents granted by the European Patent Office (EPO) in Georgia on the basis of Georgia’s national law.
European patent applications and patents validated in Georgia under the agreement will have the same effect and be subject to the same conditions as Georgia’s national patents.
Validation agreements provide a way of achieving protection for an invention in the validation state based on one single European patent application and without having to file a corresponding national patent application.
The number of countries for which patent protection can be obtained on the basis of a single European patent application rises to 45.