Croatia is a London Agreement country, but does not share an official language with the EPO.
For this reason, Croatia is permitted to elect one of the three official languages of the EPO into which the patent Description must be translated, and to require the Claims to be translated into an accepted language.
Croatia requires the Description to be translated into English - assuming the patent is not already in English - and the Claims into Croatian.
A Power of Attorney must be filed in favour of a locally appointed professional representative. This can be a specific or a general authorisation, the latter being recommended as it simplifies the procedure for future validations by the same applicant.
For patents with a French or German language of proceedings, the Title, Description and Drawings are required to be translated into either English or Croatian.
In all cases, the Claims must be translated into Croatian.
The validation must be filed within three months following the European Grant Date.
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