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Federation Council Considering EAPC Industrial Designs Protocol

 

The Federation Council Committee on International Affairs approved the draft Law on Ratification of the Protocol concerning the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention (EAPC) dated 9 September 1994. Head of Rospatent Mr. Grigory Ivliev took part in the Committee meeting as the official representative of the Russian Government responsible for the draft law.

On 18 November, the draft law will be considered by the plenary of the Federation Council.

The Protocol concerning the Protection of Industrial Designs was developed by Eurasian Patent Office in cooperation with the Contracting States to EAPC. The Protocol aims at establishing a regional system for the protection of industrial designs, which will allow the applicant to obtain legal protection simultaneously in all Contracting States based on a single application submitted to the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO). This system is expected to simplify the process of obtaining patents in these countries and reduce administrative and financial burdens for applicants.

The existence of such a regional instrument would contribute to the promotion of industrial designs that have a particular demand among small and medium-sized businesses. The system will also significantly contribute to the development of Eurasian integration related to intellectual property.

 

Background information:

The Eurasian patent system has been operating since 1995 on the basis of the EAPC signed by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan on 9 September 1994.

The EAPC Protocol concerning the Protection of Industrial Designs was adopted at a Diplomatic Conference held in Nur Sultan (Republic of Kazakhstan) on 9 September 2019 and signed by six EAPC Contracting States, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan. Its ratification process is currently on-going.

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