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Of all types of patent searches, the prior art search is the one that is crucial before filing a priority patent application. This is necessary to evaluate the chances that the patent for the claimed invention/utility model will be granted. To this end, our patent attorney can perform a preliminary search aimed at discovering relevant prior art and assessing whether or not the solution at issue will meet patentability criteria.

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Does the Russian patent office require metric units in patent applications?

Does the Russian patent office require metric units in patent applications?


Although in the RUPTO regulation there is a mention that preferably metric units should be used in Russian invention patent applications, there is no prohibition to use imperial or US customary units.


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Which countries are covered by a Eurasian patent?

Which countries are covered by a 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 basis of applications filed before that date, are valid.



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Do I have to request a foreign filing license in Russia?

Do I have to request a foreign filing license in Russia?


Although a foreign filing license as a separate notion does not exist in Russia, there is still a similar requirement.

In case the invention has been developed in the Russian Federation, the applicant is required by Russian law to file their first application in Russia (direct national filing or international application filed with the RUPTO as the International receiving office).

Any subsequent application can only be filed abroad after a six-month check performed by the Russian Patent Office. The check is meant to reveal state secrets the invention may eventually contain. Rospatent does not issue any special permission to file foreign applications (as compared to the US foreign filing license, when the US PTO issues a corresponding notification). The lapse of  said six-month term automatically allows the applicant to file subsequent applications with foreign Patent offices. The term may be reduced by filing a request explaining that the application materials do not contain state secrets. Reduction of the term lies then within Rospatent’s discretion. It may normally be reduced to 3-4 months.

If, in breach of said rule, the applicant files the patent application with a foreign Patent office, Russian law stipulates administrative liability (monetary penalties). At the same time, if, after an unauthorized foreign filing, a state secret is revealed in the invention, both the applicant and the inventor become criminally liable.

 


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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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Can one and the same person hold Russian and Eurasian patents based on the same priority application?

Can one and the same person hold Russian and Eurasian patents based on the same priority application?


Yes, Russian and Eurasian patents based on the same priority application may coexist with slightly different or even identical sets of claims. However, it is important to note that a Eurasian patent covers eight countries, including the Russian Federation (in case of timely payment of patent annuities in the relevant countries). That is why obtaining both Russian and Eurasian patents based on the same priority application is usually redundant and it entails additional rightholder expenses connected with filing, prosecution and then maintaining the patent in force. However, this may prove practical for specifically important inventions in respect of which the risk of opposition is very high.


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