Federation Council to Approve EAPC Industrial Designs Protocol



The Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly approved today the Federal Law on Ratification of the Protocol concerning the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention (EAPC) dated 9 September 1994. Vice-president of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Mr. Farit Mukhametshin presented the draft law to the Council.

Head of Rospatent Mr. Grigory Ivliev also took part in the plenary as the official representative of the Russian Government responsible for the draft law.

The Protocol concerning the Protection of Industrial Designs was developed by Eurasian Patent Office in cooperation with the eight Contracting States to EAPC. The instrument aims at establishing a regional system for the protection of industrial designs. By analogy with the Eurasian patent system, the applicant will be able to obtain legal protection for an industrial design simultaneously in all Contracting States based on a single application submitted to the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO).

Mr. Ivliev noted that the implementation of the Protocol will reduce administrative and financial costs born by entrepreneurs, who are planning to work in Russia and other Contracting Parties to the EAPC. He added that this is a timely measure to support the business during the pandemic.

The Protocol has already been ratified by Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz side has deposited its instruments of ratification with the depositary, Director-General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Mr. Daren Tang. The Protocol will enter into force three months after the three countries have deposited their instruments of ratification with WIPO.

After the Protocol enters into force, the EAPO Administrative Council will hold an extraordinary meeting to approve the addendums to Part II (Industrial Designs) of the Patent Instructions to EAPC and the Regulation on Fees.




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