Adoption of the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention

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On September 9, 2019, the Diplomatic Conference on the Adoption of the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention (Industrial Designs Protocol) was held in Nur-Sultan, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Diplomatic Conference was the final stage of the preparatory work of the Eurasian Patent Office and the Contracting States to the Eurasian Patent Convention (EAPC Contracting States) on the creation of the Eurasian system for the legal protection of industrial designs.

The governmental delegations of all EAPC Contracting States met in Nur-Sultan on the day of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Eurasian Patent Convention to adopt and sign the Industrial Designs Protocol.

The delegations of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Intellectual Property Office of the European Union (EUIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO), representatives of national IP offices and intellectual property organizations of different countries, winners of the Eurasian Invention Award, as well as contributors to the EAPO establishment and development took part in this significant event as honorable guests.

A video message from WIPO Director General Francis Gurry was presented at the Opening Ceremony of the Diplomatic Conference. Congratulating the participants and guests of the Conference on the occasion of the EAPC anniversary and noting its high importance in creating an effective unitary patent protection in the EAPC Contracting Sates, Francis Gurry said:

“The Eurasian Patent Organization is in a constant evolution in many respects. And one of the great evolutions will occur, we hope, today on the occasion of this Diplomatic Conference. And that’s an evolution towards the inclusion of industrial designs within the sphere of the Eurasian patent cooperation and intellectual property cooperation indeed.”

WIPO Director General acknowledged the long-term partnership with EAPO and wished great success on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the EAPC and the Diplomatic Conference.

The Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention was signed in accordance with the obtained credentials, by the delegations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation.

The Protocol expands the EAPO functions in the field of the legal protection of industrial property subject matters and is aimed at increasing the attractiveness of the Eurasian patent system in the interests of its users and for the benefit of the EAPC Contracting States.

Source: EAPO