HC Deb 26 October 1998 vol 318 c22W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under what circumstances patents granted by the European Patent Office have the legal effect of United Kingdom patents. [56353]

Dr. Howells

The European Patent Convention, to which the United Kingdom is a party, provides that the grant by the European Patent Office of a European Patent has the equivalent legal effect to a national patent in those States which have been designated by the applicant. The Convention allows each Member State to require that, before a European Patent has legal effect in its territory, a translation into an official language of that country must be provided. Along with all the other Member States, the UK requires such a translation.