The French Senate has approved two draft laws authorising the ratification of the European Patent Convention as revised in November 2000 (EPC 2000), and the ratification of the October 2000 London Agreement, respectively. The Senate approval came after the French National Assembly approved the two draft laws. Once the ratification instruments are deposited, both the EPC 2000 and the London Agreement will come into force in France; the EPC 2000 on 13 December 2007, and the London Agreement on the first day of the fourth month following deposit of instrument of ratification.