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

(status on 14 October 2022)

  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    Eswatini

BW   Botswana
CV    Cabo Verde
GH    Ghana
GM    Gambia
KE     Kenya
LR     Liberia
LS     Lesotho
MW   Malawi
MZ    Mozambique
NA    Namibia
RW   Rwanda
SC    Seychelles1
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
LT   Lithuania
LV   Latvia
MC  Monaco
ME  Montenegro
МТ  Malta
NL   Netherlands
SI   Slovenia
SM  San Marino

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
IT    Italy4
LI    Liechtenstein
LU   Luxembourg
MK   North Macedonia
NO   Norway
PL    Poland
PT    Portugal
RO   Romania
RS   Serbia
SE   Sweden
SK   Slovakia
TR   Türkiye

BA   Bosnia and Herzegovina2
KH   Cambodia 3
MA   Morocco3
MD   Republic of Moldova3
TN   Tunisia3
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. An ARIPO patent can be obtained for Seychelles in respect of international applications filed on or after 1 January 2022.
  2. 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).
  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).
  4. A national patent can be obtained for Italy in respect of international applications filed on or after 1 July 2020.