New possibilities to protect designs in Eurasia
In September 2019 a conference on adopting the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs in Eurasia was held in in Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), the capital of Kazakhstan. The member states of the Eurasian Patent Convention (EAPC) – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan – discussed the possibility of introducing a unitary Eurasian industrial design regime. As a result of the meeting, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia signed the protocol.
When the protocol enters into effect,
Unfortunately, it is not yet known how much a Eurasian design application will cost. However, it is expected that official fees for filing such applications will substantially surpass the corresponding fees of the Russian Patent and Trademark Office – Rb1,700 (approximately $25) plus Rb700 (approximately $10) for each additional design. The exact date when applications will begin to be accepted is also unclear, but is expected to be by the end of this year.
It’s worth noting that the scope of services offered by EAPO continues to expand and point to new opportunities. Applicants will be able to file Eurasian industrial design applications directly at the EAPO on payment of a single official fee, which means that the design registration procedure will be simplified and unitary patents will be valid on the territories of several contracting states.
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