European patents to cover Moldova – additions

14.3.2016

Under the agreement with the European Patent Office (EPO) on the validation of European patents in the Republic of Moldova, any European patent application filed on or after 1 November 2015 can be validated in Moldova once the patent has been granted by the EPO. Validation in the Republic of Moldova occurs at the applicant’s request. A reference to the Republic of Moldova as a validation state has been included in the EPO’s request for grant form and in the in the Euro-PCT filing form.

The required actions are as follows:

– The validation fee must be paid to the EPO within six months of the date at which the European Patent Bulletin announces the publication of the European search report. For Euro-PCT applications the validation fee will be due within the period for performing the acts required for an international application’s entry into the European phase. A two-month grace period is provided for late payments with a surcharge of 50%.

– The proprietor of the European patent shall furnish to the State Agency on Intellectual Property of the Republic of Moldova the specification translated into Moldovan and pay the prescribed fee for publication. The translation shall be furnished and the fee paid within three months of the date on which the mention of the grant of the European patent has been published.

After validation, a European patent will confer the same legal protection in Moldova as a national Moldovan patent.

Please contact us for further information if you are filing new European or international applications and are interested in extending the protection to Moldova. You can read our previous update of 23 October 2015 here.

For more information on this subject, see the below links to the EPO’s Official Journals:

http://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/official-journal/2015/10/a84/2015-a84.pdf

https://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/official-journal/2015/10/a85.html

News

Is your brand protected – also in Russia?

Why is it so important to protect your brand also in Russia? Our Russia IP specialist Riikka Palmos explains in her blog why and provides you with a checklist that helps to do safely business in Russia.

I got a cease and desist letter – what should I do?

Did you receive a cease and desist letter? Our IP expert Matti Brax advises in his blog what you should do first.

Papula-Nevinpat in WIPR: A new system to rival Madrid?

You may have heard rumours about a new trademark protection system created in Eurasia. Read about the upcoming new system, what does it mean and who will benefit.

A patent portfolio increases your company’s value and spurs global success – Case Virta

When going international Virta became aware of how crucial intellectual property is - patented technology increases the company’s value and brings benefits to the whole industry.