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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How can I transfer the Russian part of an international patent application (PCT) and of a Eurasian patent (application)?

How can I transfer the Russian part of an international patent application (PCT) and of a Eurasian patent (application)?


The Russian part of a PCT application (as any Russian patent or patent application) can be transferred/assigned to another party on the base of an agreement between the parties (the recordation of the transfer of rights under a Russian patent takes about two months within the RUPTO plus preparation work).

A transfer/assignment of a Eurasian patent (patent application) can only take place with regard to all the contracting states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan). Therefore, if the patent holder intends to transfer their patent rights with regard to Russia only, they will be unable to do so as long as the Eurasian patent is maintained in force in other countries.  (And even if the patent holder has recently stopped paying annuities for some countries, the 3-year reinstatement right would be transferred together with the Eurasian patent).


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Can Russian inventors file patent applications in foreign PTOs to receive patents for their inventions in foreign countries?

Can Russian inventors file patent applications in foreign PTOs to receive patents for their inventions in foreign countries?


Patent applications for inventions created in the Russian Federation can be filed in a foreign country (to an international patent organization) upon expiration of six months from the date of filing the respective application with the RUPTO, provided that within the indicated term the applicant is not notified of the fact that the application contains state secret data. Application for invention or utility model can be filed before the expiration of the above mentioned six month period in case the clearance for state secret data has been performed at the applicant's request.


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

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


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В чем отличия патента от know-how?

В чем отличия патента от know-how?


Право на изобретение (полезную модель) и право на секрет производства (ноу-хау) относятся к охраняемым законом правам на результаты интеллектуальной деятельности. Удостоверенное патентом исключительное право на изобретение (полезную модель) и исключительное право на ноу-хау позволяют монопольно использовать охраняемое решение, то есть извлекать выгоду из результатов творческого труда.

Вместе с тем, патентные права и право на секрет производства имеют существенные различия.

     1. Объект прав

Объектом исключительного права на ноу-хау могут являться любые сведения в научно-технической или организационной области.

Объект патентных прав на изобретение (полезную модель) – техническое решение, удовлетворяющее критериям патентоспособности.

     2. Способ осуществления прав

Возможность воспользоваться упомянутой выше законной монополией достигается прямо противоположными способами.

Невозможность для третьих лиц воспроизвести техническое решение в случае с know-how обеспечивается путем сохранения этого решения в тайне.

Напротив, запрет использования третьими лицами запатентованного технического решения достигается тем, что само решение делается доступным для всех, кто пожелает с ним ознакомиться. При этом опубликованный патент в обязательном порядке содержит сведения, которые позволят любому специалисту в соответствующей технической области, обладающему обычным уровнем квалификации, применить запатентованное решение и добиться заявленного технического результата. Государство, публикуя патент, тем самым сообщает, какие именно решения запрещается использовать без разрешения патентообладателя.

     3. Срок действия исключительного права

Монопольно использовать know-how можно сколь угодно долго, пока составляющие его сведения удается сохранить в тайне. Однако после того как они стали известны третьим лицам, право на секрет производства прекращается. Обладатель know-how при некоторых условиях может привлечь к суду лицо, виновное в разглашении секретных сведений, но восстановить монопольное использование секрета производства после того, как составляющие его сведения стали достоянием общественности, уже невозможно.

Патентная монополия действует 20 лет для изобретений (с возможностью продлить еще на пять лет в установленных законом случаях для патентов, относящихся к лекарственному средству, пестициду или агрохимикату) и 10 лет для полезных моделей. По истечении указанного срока изобретение (полезная модель) переходит в общественное достояние и любое лицо может использовать его без ограничений.


What are the consequences of failure to work a patent in Russia?

What are the consequences of failure to work a patent in Russia?


In Russia, no requirement is set for obligatory use of a granted patent; therefore, non-use of a patent does not endanger the patent holder’s exclusive right.

However, there is a provision in the Civil Code aimed at preventing a situation when failure to use a patent entails a shortage of some important products on the market.

In case an invention is not worked during four years after the grant, and if this affects the supply of a product or service, a court can obligate the patent owner to issue a compulsory license to the plaintiff. The price for the compulsory license is to be set in accordance with market conditions.

Any person is entitled to file a lawsuit requesting a compulsory license in case they have approached the patent holder and have been refused a license.


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