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The Ministry of Economic Development has submitted to the Government of the Russian Federation a draft Federal law on ratification of the Protocol on the protection of industrial designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention. This document will create a Eurasian system of legal protection of industrial designs and will contribute to the tasks of Eurasian integration in the field of intellectual property.
Ratification of the Protocol will allow applicants to obtain legal protection of industrial designs cheaper and more convenient by submitting 1 application to the Eurasian Patent Office (in comparison with filing up to 8 applications to the national offices of each of the states parties to the Eurasian Patent Convention or under the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement on international registration of industrial designs).
Ratification of the Protocol reduces the financial and time costs of entrepreneurs – a patent application can be submitted in a "single window" and the patent will be valid on the territories of partner countries- on all at once or separately.
Industrial designs are one of the most actively developing segments of intellectual property; both large companies and small and medium-sized businesses are in demand in the legal protection of industrial designs. So, from 2015 to 2019, the number of applications submitted to Rospatent has increased by 40% - from 4929 to 6920.
The Government has approved sending the draft federal law to the State Duma. In addition to Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Russia have signed the Protocol, while Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan have already ratified it. For Belarus and Turkmenistan, the Protocol is open for signature at the World Intellectual Property Organization until it enters into force.