Montenegro has become the next European nation to join the EPO after its parliament voted to approve Montenegro's accession to the EPC. However, the country has only seen nine patents granted by the EPO since 2012.
Montenegro has formally agreed to join the European Patent Convention, thus becoming the 39th member of the EPO after the country deposited its instrument of ascension on 15 July. The sothern European state's ascension to the EPO will take effect on 1 October of this year. Read more