PCT Contracting States for which a Regional Patent can be Obtained via the PCT

(situation on 1 March 2018)

  States for which only a regional patent can be obtained (and not a national patent): States for which a regional patent can be obtained in addition to, or instead of, a national patent States not included in regional designation but to which a regional patent can be extended or validated

AP    ARIPO patent

SZ    Swaziland BW    Botswana
GH    Ghana
GM    Gambia
KE    Kenya
LR    Liberia
LS    Lesotho
MW   Malawi
MZ    Mozambique
NA    Namibia
RW   Rwanda
SD   Sudan
SL    Sierra Leone
ST    Sao Tome and Principe
TZ    United Republic of Tanzania
UG   Uganda
ZM    Zambia
ZW   Zimbabwe
Not applicable
EA    Eurasian patent Not applicable AM    Armenia
AZ    Azerbaijan
BY    Belarus
KG   Kyrgyzstan
KZ   Kazakhstan
RU   Russian Federation
TJ    Tajikistan
TM   Turkmenistan
Not applicable
EP    European patent BE   Belgium
CY  Cyprus
FR   France
GR  Greece
IE   Ireland
IT   Italy
LT   Lithuania
LV   Latvia
MC  Monaco
МТ  Malta
NL   Netherlands
SI   Slovenia
AL    Albania
AT    Austria
BG   Bulgaria
CH   Switzerland
CZ   Czechia
DE   Germany
DK   Denmark
EE    Estonia
ES    Spain
FI     Finland
GB   United Kingdom
HR   Croatia
HU   Hungary
IS    Iceland
LI     Liechtenstein
LU   Luxembourg
MK   The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
NO   Norway
PL    Poland
PT    Portugal
RO   Romania
RS   Serbia
SE   Sweden
SK   Slovakia
SM   San Marino
TR   Turkey
BA   Bosnia and Herzegovina1
KH   Cambodia2, 3
ME   Montenegro1
MA   Morocco3
MD   Republic of Moldova3, 4
TN   Tunisia3, 5
OA    OAPI patent BF    Burkina Faso
BJ    Benin
CF   Central African Republic
CG   Congo
CI    Côte d’Ivoire
CM   Cameroon
GA   Gabon
GN   Guinea
GQ   Equatorial Guinea
GW   Guinea-Bissau
KM   Comoros
ML    Mali
MR   Mauritania
NE    Niger
SN   Senegal
TD   Chad
TG   Togo
Not applicable  
  1. For information about requesting the extension of a European patent to this State, see: http://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/extension-validation-system.html and the PCT Applicant’s Guide, National Chapter (EP)PDF.
  2. A request for validation of a European patent in Cambodia may be made for any international application filed on or after 1 March 2018.
  3. For information about requesting the validation of a European patent to this State, see: http://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/extension-validation-system.html and the PCT Applicant’s Guide, National Chapter (EP)PDF.
  4. A request for validation of a European patent in the Republic of Moldova may be made for any international application filed on or after 1 November 2015.
  5. A request for validation of a European patent in Tunisia may be made for any international application filed on or after 1 December 2017.