Belarus Ratifies EAEU Trademark Agreement

Jan 29 2021 - 12:56

The Belarusian President signed the Law on Ratification of the Agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin on January 4, 2021. The law entered into force on January 18, 2021, making Belarus the second EAEU member state to ratify the EAEU Trademark Agreement, following Russia’s ratification.

The Agreement was signed on February 3, 2020 by all EAEU members states – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. The Agreement will enter into force once all member states bring their registration procedures and official fees in line with the Agreement and deposit their instruments of ratification to the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).

Under the unified system, right holders will be able to obtain legal protection simultaneously in all EAEU member states by submitting one application to any of the national offices, i.e. they will be able to choose a “receiving office”. Each trademark application will undergo preliminary (formal) and substantive examination, with the entire registration procedure estimated to take approximately one year. The EAEU trademark will be kept in a single register administered by the EEC.

Prepared by: Anastasia Khioni

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Source: Belarusian IPO website

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