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European Patent Organisation



The European Patent Organisation is an intergovernmental organisation that was set up on 7 October 1977 on the basis of the European Patent Convention (EPC) signed in Munich in 1973. It has two bodies, the European Patent Office and the Administrative Council, which supervises the Office's activities.

Legal foundations

The European Patent Organisation is an intergovernmental organisation that was set up on 7 October 1977 on the basis of the European Patent Convention (EPC) signed in Munich in 1973.

Member states

The Organisation currently has 38 member states.

Budget and Finance Committee

The Budget and Finance Committee of the Administrative Council is composed of the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary, member states of the EPC, the European Patent Office and observers.

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