European Patent Convention Law and Legal Definition

European Patent Convention is a 1973 treaty that allows a patent applicant to obtain patent protection in all signatory nations, especially European Union members. European Patent Convention is also termed as Convention on the Grant of European Patent and is abbreviated to EPC. A patent protection can be obtained through a single blanket filing and examination procedure. The Community patent is accepted and valid in any member nation in which it is registered. The European Patent Office in Munich, Germany, and The Hague, Netherlands manage this procedure.