I have always been a fan of the progressive nature of the European Patent Office, for example, including Turkey which is (at present) a non-EU state.
I was thus glad to see signs of a new partnership between the Moroccan Patent Office and the EPO. An agreement has been signed that appears similar to existing extension state agreements (wherein an European patent can be registered as a national patent in Balkan states that are not yet signatories to the European Patent Convention).
Whereas the extension state agreements became a stepping stone for becoming a full EPC signatory, the new Moroccan agreement appears to be a looser co-operation agreement that could pave the way for easy conversion of a European patent into a Moroccan national patent. Exact implementation details will follow amendments to Moroccan national law.
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