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Patent-Related Amendments in Albania

Feb 25 2015 - 18:03

As of February 2, the official fees charged for the publication of European patent validations have increased in Albania. Some other amendments concerning patents have also been introduced:

Validation Request

The applicant/owner should file a validation request along with all other relevant documents with the Albanian PTO within 3 months from the publication date of the grant by the European Patent Office (EPO). If the request is not filed within 3 months, the applicant/owner has one additional month to file the validation request and has to pay an additional official fee.

Amendments to EP Claims

The applicant/owner should file a request to amend the European patent claims, along with all other relevant documents, with the Albanian PTO within 3 months from the EPO publication date on the amended claims. If the request is not filed within 3 months, the applicant/owner has one additional month to file the request and has to pay an additional official fee.

Annuities

The first representative/agent to make an annuity payment will receive the official payment certificate.

If more than one payment is made for the same patent, the PTO will issue a notification to the latter representative/agent that the payment has already been settled. After the receipt of the notification, the representative/agent has a right to claim reimbursement. The PTO will not object if an agent who is not recorded as the representative settles the payment, because the filing of a Power of Attorney is not mandatory anymore for annuity payments.

Moreover, the 6-month grace period for annuity payments has been extended an additional 2 months. If the payments are made during these 2 months, the official fee will be doubled.

Prepared by: Melina Nika

For more information, please contact albania@petosevic.com.

Source: Qbz.gov.al website

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