On January 1, 2011, the London Agreement will enter into force in Hungary, bringing the total of member EPC countries to 16. Previously, validation of a granted European patent into Hungary required a complete translation of the specification and claims.
Under the London Agreement, the translation requirements for validation in Hungary will be significantly relaxed. For EP applications whose Notice of Grant is published on or after January 1, 2011, validation will require translation of only the claims into Hungarian, along with an English specification.
With translation costs making up a major portion of European validation expenses, and given the stalled momentum of a unified European patent, the London Agreement plays a vital role in reducing validation costs. As a result, applicants are able to validate in more countries, increasing their global patent protection.