Inventions and utility models

Patent registration in Russia and neighboring countries

Prior art search
Performing the prior art search and preparing a preliminary patentability opinion
Patent drafting
Drafting a patent application for any industry sector
Patent Applications In Russia
Filing an invention/utility model application in Russia
Eurasian patent application
Filing a patent application under the Eurasian Patent Convention
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FAQs

What is the time limit for entering the Eurasian regional phase? Can this term be reinstated?

The time limit for entering the regional phase before the Eurasian Patent Office is 31 months from the priority date or the earliest priority date of several claimed priorities; if no priority is claimed, the time limit is 31 months from the filing date of the international application. The said time limits can be reinstated within 12 months on the applicant’s request in case the Patent office acknowledges the validity of the reason for the delay. The official fee for the reinstatement amounts to 25,000 RUR.

Is it true that the examination request should be filed to the Eurasian patent office on the date of filing the application?

This requirement (to file the request for substantive examination within the same time limit as the application) only applies to PCT Eurasian regional phase applications. For other types of applications, the examination request should be filed during 6 months from the date of the publication of the patent application.

Which countries are covered by Eurasian patent?

Currently, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan are members of the Eurasian Patent Convention. Moldova left the Convention on February 27, 2012, but the patents registered on the base of applications filed before that date, are valid.

What is the time limit for entering the national phase in Russia and the neighboring countries?

The time limit for entering the national phase in Russia is 31 months from the priority date (the earliest priority date if several priorities are claimed), and if no priority is claimed - 31 months from the filing date of the international application.

The time limit for other post-Soviet countries are as follows:

Country

Time limit in months

As designated office

As elected office

Armenia,

31

31

Azerbaijan

30

31

Belarus

31

31

Estonia

31

31

Georgia

31

31

Kazakhstan

31

31

Kyrgyzstan

31

31

Latvia

There is no national phase, the application should enter the regional phase before EPO

Lithuania

There is no national phase, the application should enter the regional phase before EPO

Moldova

31

31

Tajikistan

30

31

Turkmenistan

30

31

Ukraine

31

31

Uzbekistan

31

31

How is it possible to speed up prosecution of patent applications in Russia?

One of the ways to accelerate patent prosecution in Russia is the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH). Currently, the Russian Patent and Trademark Office (RUPTO) has pilot PPH programs with the European Patent Office and the Patent Offices of Japan, US, Korea, Finland, Spain, Denmark, China and Portugal. According to the signed agreements, RUPTO’s patent examiners will take into consideration PCT and national/regional work products. Filing the PPH request, the client may count on receiving fewer office actions and consequently decreasing the term of prosecution.

Another way is the RUPTO’s paid service allowing the applicant to receive the search report within 10 working days. The search results allow to decrease the term of issuing the first office action or the decision of grant down to 2 months. The official tariff charged for this service amounts to 94,400 RUR.

An inventor can ensure protection for their technical solution in Russia by obtaining a patent for either an invention or a utility model.

As in most jurisdictions, an invention in Russia relates to:

  • a product (including a device, a substance, a microorganism strain, a plant or animal cell culture); or
  • a method (performing actions on material objects with the use of material facilities).

A utility model relates only to a device.

The Russian Patent Office, officially named the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent), examines patent applications for both inventions and utility models with regard to their meeting patentability criteria. The patentability criteria for inventions include novelty, an inventive step (non-obviousness), and industrial applicability, whereas a utility model is not required to meet the inventive step criterion. Therefore, a utility model is perceived as a “minor” or “small invention”. For the inventor, it is easier to obtain a utility model patent and, in case the patent is challenged by a third party, there is one less ground for invalidation (the inventive step). The downside for a utility model patent is its term of validity – ten years compared to twenty years for an invention patent. The main advantage is a relatively quick grant – about 9-12 months from the filing date.

An alternative opportunity to protect your technical solution may be a Eurasian patent (applicable for inventions only) valid in eight countries including Russia.

Russian invention/utility model patent applications and Eurasian patent applications may claim priority under the Paris Convention and can be filed as national (regional) phases of international (PCT) applications.

Our patent prosecution and litigation team is widely recognized for its expertise in all patent-related matters. As a leading and by far the oldest Russian and Eurasian patent law firms, Sojuzpatent provides a full range of patenting services, including:

  • drafting and filing patent applications;
  • handling the processing of the application up to and including the grant and obtaining the letters patent;
  • paying annuities for maintaining patent validity;
  • recordation of changes, transfers of rights and licenses, including the drafting of assignment, license, franchise, security and pledge agreements;
  • defending the obtained patents in invalidation actions;
  • revocation of other parties’ patents;
  • bringing legal actions against eventual infringers;
  • representing clients’ interests in other patent-related issues before judicial and administrative bodies in Russia and the neighboring countries.

Deputy Managing Partner
Head of Patent Department