Patent Annuities

A Russian invention patent is valid for 20 years and a utility model patent – for 10 years from the application filing date. The term of protection can be extended for inventions relating to drugs, pesticides or agrochemical products, in case their use requires a statutory authorization and more than five years has lapsed from the filing date of the patent application to the date of obtaining the first authorization. The extension period cannot exceed five years.

To maintain the validity of a patent, annuities should be paid to the Russian Patent Office starting from the first year for utility models and from the third year – for inventions. The first accumulated annuities are paid together with the grant and registration fees.

The annuities for every subsequent year should be paid within the preceding 12 months.

Every year, Sojuzpatent pays annuities for about 50 thousand patents. On your instruction, your patents can be added to our monitoring and reminder system, and we will ensure timely payment.

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