Morocco to recognise European Patents as National Patents

January 2015

Morocco is the first non-member country of the European Patent Organisation to validate the legal effects of a European patent on its territory.  

On 19th January, the President of the EPO and the Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and the Digital Economy announced that an agreement allowing European patents to be validated in Morocco will enter into force on 1 March 2015.

Starting on 1 March 2015, anyone filing a European patent application will be able to request validation for Morocco against the payment of a fee. European applications and patents validated for Morocco will have the same legal effects there as Moroccan ones and will be subject to Moroccan patent law.

The EPO and OMPIC (the Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office) highlighted the benefits of their long-standing strategic partnership, which serves to improve the quality of patents granted and offer better services to users. Co-operation between the two offices has intensified since 2010, enabling Morocco to become the first country for which a validation agreement with the EPO enters into force.

We will report with more details on any steps that need to be taken and fees involved in due course.

This update was prepared by Dr Andrew Wells, Partner in our Manchester office. 

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