World Intellectual Property Organization


July-August 2014 | No. 07-08/2014


Lithuania: Reminder re the Closing of the National Route via the PCT

As was announced in PCT Newsletter No. 02/2012, Lithuania will close its national route with effect from 4 September 2014. Applicants desiring protection in Lithuania will therefore no longer be able to enter the national phase in that country; they will only be able to enter the regional phase before the European Patent Office, noting that, since Lithuania became bound by the European Patent Convention (EPC) on 1 December 2004, international applications filed on or after that date automatically include the designation of Lithuania for a European patent.


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