Patent protection in other neighboring countries

Patent protection in all post-Soviet countries not mentioned in the specific sections can be obtained:

  • directly, by filing an application with the respective Patent Offices, or
  • through one of the two regional patent conventions – the European Patent Convention (EPC) or Eurasian Patent Convention (EAPC).

Many international applicants choose this second route, especially for the two countries that do not allow the direct entry of PCT applications into a national phase (Latvia and Lithuania).

The list of countries where a European patent can be validated:

  • Estonia,
  • Latvia,
  • Lithuania,
  • Moldova*.

The countries – members of the EAPC:

  • Armenia,
  • Azerbaijan,
  • Kyrgyzstan,
  • Tajikistan,
  • Turkmenistan.

Sojuzpatent, through a network of trusted agents, helps its clients with:

  • filing patent applications directly with the national PTOs (including a PCT entry into a national stage),
  • filing a Eurasian patent application, which covers the mentioned countries,
  • validating a European patent in the respective states.

*Validating a European patent in Moldova is available, although the country is not a member of the EPC.

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Are software methods patentable in Russia?

Are software methods patentable in Russia?


Computer programs (software) are not considered inventions per se, but a software algorithm may under certain conditions be patented in the form of a method (method of processing, transmitting, converting data, etc.). Under Russian legislation, a patentable method consists in carrying out actions over material objects with the help of material means. An application for the grant of an invention patent may relate to an algorithm of a computer program described in the form of a sequence of actions on signals (material objects) providing a technical result achieved by means of a computer device (material means). In such cases, there are grounds for recognizing the claimed object as a technical solution having a technical result.


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Can I use arguments for invalidity as a defense in an infringing action brought in Russia by the patent’s owner?

Can I use arguments for invalidity as a defense in an infringing action brought in Russia by the patent’s owner?


The defendant in a patent infringement case brought to a Russian court can challenge the patent validity. However, since the Russian patent system is bifurcated, the defendant cannot assert invalidity of the patent in question to the infringement court, but has to initiate a separate proceeding at the Chamber for Patent Disputes in the Russian Patent and Trademark Office. Accordingly, infringement and invalidity of the patent at issue will be examined in separate proceedings.

The court judgment on the infringement suit is appealable to a local court of appeals and the appeal decision comes into force immediately. The decision of the court of appeals can be challenged before the Court for intellectual property rights as a cassation instance.

The decision of the Chamber for Patent Disputes on the patent’s validity is appealable to the Court for intellectual property rights, and its decision can be challenged before the Presidium of the same Court as a cassation instance.

Therefore, a judgment by an infringement court may come earlier than that by the Chamber for Patent Disputes, and an injunction could be enforced by a patentee even if the patent is invalidated later on.


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Can an inventor file an application for an invention that was disclosed by the inventor in specialized literature earlier?

Can an inventor file an application for an invention that was disclosed by the inventor in specialized literature earlier?


There is a so-called six month novelty grace period. The disclosure of information relating to the invention by the inventor, applicant or by any person having obtained the information directly or indirectly from them (including when invention is displayed at an exhibition), as a result of which information on the subject matter of the invention has become publically available, does not destroy the novelty of the invention provided that the patent application was filed with the RUPTO within six months from the date of the information disclosure.


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What happens if the applicant does not meet the time limit for entering the national phase in Russia?

What happens if the applicant does not meet the time limit for entering the national phase in Russia?

The rights of the applicant with respect to an international application in Russia can be reinstated within 12 months upon the applicant’s request. The request should state the reasons for not meeting the time limit. The official fee charged for reinstatement amounts to 5,000 RUB.

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What are possible ways of accelerating prosecution of patent applications in the Eurasian Patent Office?

What are possible ways of accelerating prosecution of patent applications in the Eurasian Patent Office?


There are three different ways of accelerating prosecution of patent applications in Eurasian Patent Office:

  1. PPH pilot programs between EAPO and EPO, between EAPO and the Patent Offices of Japan and China have been launched. A PPH pilot program with the Korean Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Korea (KIPO) started in 2019.
  2. In addition to the signed PPH programs, the Eurasian Patent Office adopted a Pilot Program of accelerated processing of PCT regional phase applications. On the applicant’s request, the substantive examination of the application shall take into consideration work products of the international phase prepared by several major Patent Offices including some of those with which EAPO does not have PPH programs. EAPO shall issue the first office action or allowance/rejection decision within 3 months from the acceptance of the request.
  3. Accelerated prosecution of Eurasian patent applications is available to applicants for an additional fee. The formal examination can be completed in 5-10 days. In case accelerated substantive examination is requested, the Eurasian patent office undertakes to dispatch the first official communication within 3 months from the acceptance of the request.

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