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    EE
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Patent in Estonia (non-PCT)

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  • Patent fees

Fees associated with filing patent applications in Estonia as well as other patent fees are available in the fee calculator.

  • Term for filing the patent application in Estonia

The term for filing the patent application in Estonia claiming priority is 12 months from the priority date. Said term can be extended for two months if failure to file the application was unintentional.

  • Minimum filing requirements

To obtain a filing date, it is necessary to provide the Estonian Patent Office with a request to grant a patent containing information about the applicant(s) and the description of the invention.

  • Language of the Estonian patent application

The official language of patent applications is Estonian. The invention title in the request and the abstract must be submitted in Estonian and English. The translation of the application materials must be filed within two months from the date of filing of the application to the Patent Office.

  • Priority document

A certified copy of the priority application must be filed simultaneously with filing or within 16 months from the priority date.

  • Power of Attorney requirements

The legalisation or notarization of a Power of Attorney is not required. POA must be filed simultaneously with filing or within two months.

  • Assignment Deed

If the applicant is not the author, the document certifying the right to apply for the patent must be provided within two months from filing the patent application.

  • Examination request

Estonian legislation stipulates that the substantive examination is carried out automatically upon publication of the application (no request or payment is required).

  • Novelty grace period

Novelty grace period is 12 months from disclosure of the information about the invention before filing the application or priority date thereof if priority is claimed. Disclosure does not disprove the novelty of the invention if it was made by the applicant or a third party that directly or indirectly obtained the information about the invention from him.

  • Grant and patent maintenance fees

The fee for the grant and publication of the patent description must be paid within three months from the date of decision. Maintenance fees are due starting from the first year following the filing date. Fees for the 1st and 2nd years of validity should be paid simultaneously with payment of annuities for the 3rd year. The due date is the last day of the month in which the anniversary of the filing date occurs. Annuity payment may not be made earlier than six months prior to the due date. Annual fees may be paid within a six-month grace period on condition of payment of a surcharge.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

Representation of legal or natural persons that do not reside in Estonia by an agent, an Estonian patent attorney, is required to perform acts for the legal prosecution and protection of a patent.

  • Notes

1. Online Search Databases: Estonian Patents, European Patents (EPO).
2. Patent protection in Estonia may also be obtained by European Patent and its further validation in Estonia.
3. Inventions may also be protected as Utility Models in Estonia.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by Mikhailyuk, Sorokolat & Partners on 04.03.2019
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with Estonian IP Laws

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