Moldova Denounces Eurasian Patent Convention
Moldova submitted a notice of denunciation of the Eurasian Patent Convention (EAPC) on October 26, 2011. The denunciation will take effect on April 26, 2012.
All international applications filed on or after April 26, 2012 will include the designation of Moldova only for national patents and not for Eurasian patents. The Eurasian Patent Office, situated in Moscow, will no longer handle international applications filed by Moldovan nationals and residents. The applicants will submit documents to either the Moldovan PTO or WIPO’s International Bureau.
The denunciation will not affect the already granted Eurasian patents or applications designating Moldova filed before April 26, 2012.
The EAPC, in force as of August 12, 1995, is an international patent law treaty ratified by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
For more information, please contact Masa Lopicic at our Balkan Regional Office.
Source: WIPO, PTC newsletter
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