Patent registration in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has the biggest population among all the post-Soviet Asian countries and therefore constitutes an important market for consumer goods. Moreover, the country has rich natural resources, including gold, uranium, copper, and gaz.

Uzbekistan is not a member of the Eurasian Patent Convention, therefore the only way to protect an invention is to apply for a national patent. Uzbek patent applications are filed with the Agency on Intellectual Property at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan (www.ima.uz). The prosecution is conducted in the Uzbek or Russian language. NB! The possibility to file the application in the Russian language allows saving costs when filing parallel applications with other PTOs that accept filings in Russian: Eurasian Patent Office, Russian, Belorussian, or Kazakhstani Patent and Trademark Offices.

Uzbekistan participates in the main international IP conventions/agreements, such as the Paris Convention and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Therefore, patent filing limitations and requirements in Uzbekistan are consistent with generally accepted international practices.

UZBEK INVENTION PATENT

The patentability criteria include: novelty, an inventive step, and industrial applicability.

An Uzbek patent examination consists of formal examination (2 months from the filing date) and substantive examination (to be requested within 3 years of the filing date). Prosecution of an Uzbek patent application takes on average 2 - 3 years depending on the volume and complexity.

The patent validity term is 20 years. Uzbek inventions related to pharmaceuticals or pesticides may obtain an additional 5-year extension supported by an officially issued certificate.

Deadlines for filing a patent application in Uzbekistan are:

  • 12 months for applications claiming a conventional priority (if missed, this term can be reinstated within 2 months on providing documents corroborating the validity of the reason); and
  • 31 months for entry into a PCT national phase. This deadline, if missed, cannot be restored.

Exception to lack of novelty (the novelty grace period) in Uzbekistan is 6 months before the filing date.  A disclosure made during this period by the inventor or any other person receiving the information from the inventor or the applicant does not destroy novelty. The burden to prove the circumstances of disclosure lies within the applicant’s responsibility.

UZ patent costs depend on the volume of a patent application, namely the number of independent and dependent claims over 10, and the complexity of prosecution. Please provide us with the application particulars so we can calculate the filing costs.

Uzbek non-resident applicants are to be represented by local agents who are registered Uzbek patent attorneys. The power of attorney must be submitted in original:

  • on filing the patent application with the UZ PTO if the applicant is an individual; and
  • no later than two months after the filing if the applicant is a legal entity.

Legalization is not required.

Patent filling requirements in Uzbekistan:

  • Filing Request with applicant’s (applicants’) and inventor’s (inventors’) name(s)/title(s) and address(es);
  • the specification, claims, abstract, and figures (if any) in any language;
  • originally executed PoA for Uzbekistani non-resident applicants (for legal entities - to be filed within 2 months of submitting the application materials to the UZ PTO);
  • translation of the application materials into the Russian or Uzbek language (to be filed within 2 months of submitting the application materials to the UZ PTO);
  • if a priority is claimed, a certified copy of the priority document (to be submitted later, within 3 months of submitting the application materials to the UZ PTO). The priority document should be translated into the Uzbek or Russian language.

UZBEK UTILITY MODEL PATENT

A utility model patent protects mechanical devices that are novel and industrially applicable. The patent prosecution takes on average 1-2 years. The patent term of 5 years is calculated from the filing date; an additional 3 years of legal protection can be obtained upon request on condition that official fees are paid.

A utility model patent (instead of an invention patent) can be requested by the applicant when entering the PCT national stage.

Sojuzpatent will help you to file your patent applications with the Uzbekistani Patent Office in any technical field with assistance of reliable local agents and will help you professionally through each step of the examination and granting. Our attorneys will take on all the substantive issues in every field of art, our state-of-the-art docketing system will help to keep track of the due dates, and our trusted agents will ensure that all the formalities within the Patent Office are fulfilled. We also provide after-grant guidance on annuities, licenses, assignments, recordation of changes, legal enforcement, litigation, negotiations, mediation, and dispute resolution.

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