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A National Patent Or A Eurasian Patent?

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Around the world, there are broadly two types of patent office – regional and national ones. National patent officers refer to the patent offices which exist in a specific country. They hold the responsibility of administrating the law regarding patents in their own country. Regional patent offices, conversely, are formed jointly by a number of countries within a specific geographical area. Perhaps the best known regional patent office is the European Patent Office, however the are others too, and the EAPO or Eurasian Patent Office is one of those.

What Is The EAPO?

In 1995, the Eurasian Patent Convention was ratified by 9 signatories and this led to the formation in 1996 of the EAPO in Russia. When Moldova left the EAPO in 2012, it left 8 members – Armenia, Kazahstan, Belarus, the Russian Federation, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Applicants from over 80 countries use the EAPO system and between 1996 and 2015 they granted over 22,000 patents.

Why Obtain A Eurasian Patent?

One of the main reasons to choose to obtain a Eurasian patent is because it is valid is several or even all of the EAPO member states, and this makes it cheaper than the cost of obtaining a national patent in each of the states. The savings can amount to several thousand dollars, and indeed, in some cases tens of thousands of dollars inclusive of atorney charges, translation costs and official fees, and this makes it very easy to see why a Eurasian Patent offers better value for money in many cases. It also saves on time and offers a higher level of protection for the applicant.

The Benefits Of The Eurasian Patent

Here, we look more closely at the many advantages associated with opting to apply for a Eurasian patent rather than a simple national one.

  • Lower fees - One of the main reasons why the fees are so much lower is the reduction in the costs for translation. An EAPO application requires only translation into a single language, rather than translations into the official language for every country.
  • Single examination - As an additional bonus, there is only a single examination and a single Eurasian patent attorney required, and that also saves on costs as well as on time. The single examination means that intellectual property rights will be protected much more quickly and comprehensively when opting for a Eurasian patent.
  • Validity across all member states - As the Eurasian patent is also valid across all member states instead of just in the single country that a national patent would grant, it also offers much greater protection to those who are obtaining the patent to protect their intellectual property rights. Their rights will be protected across all of the countries which are members of the EAPC.
  • Greater ability to protect IP rights - An Eurasian patent is based on an obligatory examination of the application, and gives its owner a much greater capability to protect and defend their own IP rights than a national patent can provide.
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