Patents can be very valuable because they entitle their owners to prevent others from making, using or selling their technical solutions or designs. Patents can provide the safety net necessary for an aggressive business investment in technology. They can protect the market share and profit margins. However, patents in the hands of competitors can severely impair a company’s profitability and growth.
We provide the full scope of IP services in Russia, Ukraine, the CIS, Baltic countries and Georgia. Professionals in our team have qualification, education and experience in a wide range of technical fields, including biotechnology, chemistry, IT, mechanic, electrical engineering and so on.
An invention is an object of intellectual property which represents a technical solution. The following objects can be protected in Russia as an invention: a device, a method, substance, a microorganism strain, a culture of plant or animal cells.
As any type of property, an invention is protected by law and is certified by a patent granting the exclusive right to this invention to the patent owner. No other persons have the right to use a patented invention without the authorization of the patent owner.
The maximum term of a patent validity in Russia is 20 years (in some cases 25 year). The scope of protection is defined by the patent claims. In order to obtain a patent, a patent application shall be filed with the Russian Patent Office.
Our registered patent attorneys have a great experience in filing and prosecution of patent applications in Russia, Ukraine, the CIS, Baltic countries and Georgia and provide all services needed for obtaining a patent protection in these countries.
Our company has more than 20 years of experience in this area and provides all services for obtaining a legal protection by a patent in Russia, Ukraine, the CIS and Baltic countries, Georgia.
According to the Russian Patent Legislation, individuals residing outside of Russia or foreign legal entities may not communicate with the Russian Patent Office directly. Therefore, in order to protect an invention in Russia, they or their patent attorneys shall seek the assistance of patent attorneys registered with the Federal Executive Body in the Field of Intellectual Property.
Our registered patent attorneys have a great experience in filing and prosecution of PCT and Convention applications in Russia, Ukraine, the CIS, Baltic countries and Georgia, directly work with applications in English, French and German languages translating them into Russian, Ukrainian and the other languages and provide all services needed for getting an invention protected in these countries.
In order to obtain a patent, a patent application shall be filed with the Eurasian Patent Office. According to the Eurasian Patent Regulations, individuals residing outside of the member states of the Eurasian Convention or foreign legal entities may not communicate with the Eurasian Patent Office directly, but only through registered patent attorneys. We have several experienced Eurasian patent attorneys in our team which represent interests of our clients before the Eurasian Patent Office.
A utility model is an object of intellectual property which refers to a device or construction. Methods, substances, microorganism strains and cultures of plant or animal cells cannot be protected as utility models.
A utility model can be protected by a patent if it is new and industrially applicable. Unlike an invention, a utility model is not required to involve an inventive step in order to be patentable. The maximum term of the patent validity in Russia is 10 years from the date of filing of the application with the Russian Patent Office. A utility model application can be converted into an invention application.
PCT and Convention applications can be filed in Russia as utility model applications.
Our team of patent attorneys and technical experts speaking fluent several foreign languages provide top-level services for patent and information searches and expert opinions. We conduct as worldwide prior art searches as area and time-limited studies.
Our team provides, in particular, services for:
- prior art search;
- freedom to operate study;
- patent nullification search and opinion;
- revealing counterpart patents and/or applications;
- and composing a patent portfolio of an applicant or a patentee;
Patent search-related services become highly sought in Russia due to, in particular, a great volume of Russian-language literature published in the USSR and afterwards that is not available either from electronic resources or at Internet.
Years-long handpicking of IP professionals specializing in various technical fields and being at home with several foreign languages results in a superior team of patent translators.
Our team is fluent in English, French and German languages. When translating from the other languages, we involve outside professional translators conducting the proof-reading and correction of all texts. All our translations are necessarily subjected to correction for compliance with all formal requirements of the National Patent Offices.
Such policy allows us becoming one of the leading firms in the field of patent translations in Russia.
In Russia, starting from October 01, 2014, any party, for which a grant of a patent for a given invention application is undesirable, not only may try to cancel the patent when already granted but also has a possibility to prevent the grant by filing an observation against the patentability of the claimed invention after the publication of the application (so-called pre-grant opposition). In many cases it may be much more cost-effective procedure compared to filing and consideration of a post-grant opposition.
In this connection we have launched a new service, namely we offer our clients regular monitoring of published applications relating to a specific group of technical solutions or filed in the name of a specific applicant or inventor. This would allow timely revealing an application which may result in an undesirable patent and filing a pre-grant opposition against it. We also may analyze the application materials and related prior art and prepare an observation for filing.