Amendments to the Georgian patent law, which entered into force on June 2, 2023, were necessary for the validation agreement between Georgia and the European Patent Organization (EPO) to enter into force.
The validation agreement, signed on October 31, 2019, was ratified by the Parliament of Georgia on May 17, 2023. The exact date of its entry into force will be determined by the President of the EPO and the Chairman of the Georgian Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Although Georgia is not a contracting state to the European Patent Convention (EPC), the agreement will make Georgia a validation state, enabling the validation of European patents which will then have the same legal effect as Georgian patents. The patent law amendments regulate this validation procedure and the effect of validated patents in Georgia. Read more