Choosing between Russia and Eurasia


Teemu Lang

Partly with a focus on becoming a World Trade Organization (WTO) member, Russia has been actively reforming its patent laws and regulations during the past decade.

With WTO membership, Russia is now being seen as a state with a genuine drive towards establishing an efficient and reliable system for applying and enforcing patent rights.

While the national laws and regulations have been developed and clarified in Russia, it should be noted that there has been another, regional system working in parallel with the Russian national system since 1995 to apply for patents in Russia.

This regional system is called the Eurasian Patent Convention (EAPC). Both systems, the RU national and the EA regional, have been strongly influenced by patent laws and regulations in the European territory. However, although both systems have been westernised, there exist several differences which should be taken into account when choosing between the two.

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