Belarus Joins Eurasian Design System
On January 19, 2022, Belarus deposited its instrument of ratification of the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The Protocol will enter into force in Belarus on April 19, 2022.
The Eurasian industrial design protection system became operational on June 1, 2021, when the Eurasian Patent Office started accepting design applications. The Eurasian design system allows applicants to obtain protection simultaneously within the territory of the states where the Protocol is in force – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan. Belarus will now be added to the list of countries.
Turkmenistan is the only remaining Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO) member state which has yet to complete its ratification procedure. According to Article 22 of the Protocol, Eurasian design patents will have legal effect in the EAPO member states in which the Protocol was in force on the application filing date.
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Source: EAPO website
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