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  • Patent fees

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

  • Term for filing patent application in Russia

The term for filing Russian patent application claiming priority is 12 months from the priority date. This term may be extended by two months if the applicant failed to file the application within the stipulated time limit despite the due care.

  • Filing requirements in Russia

The official language for proceedings before the Russian Patent Office is Russian. If the patent application is filed in any other foreign language, Russian translation thereof should be provided within three months from the date of receipt of the corresponding Office Action.

To obtain the filing date, a patent application should contain at least the following:
- a request to grant a patent;
- a description of the invention;
- drawings, if the description has reference to them.

To confirm the priority right, the applicant must provide a certified copy of the Priority Document within 16 months from the priority date. The translation of the priority document into Russian is not required. However, the translation of the priority document may be requested by the Russian Patent Office in some cases.

Notarization of the Power of Attorney is not required. Usually a scanned copy of the POA is sufficient. The original of the POA is not an obligatory requirement unless it is requested by the Patent Office.  

  • Examination of a Russian patent application

Formal and substantive examinations are conducted in respect of patent applications in Russia. A request to conduct substantive examination should be filed either on filing or within three years from the filing date. 

  • Novelty grace period

Disclosure of the information about the invention shall not disprove its novelty if it was made by the inventor, applicant or a third party that obtained said information directly or indirectly from them and if said disclosure occurred within 6 months before filing the application with the Russian Patent Office.

The official fees for grant and registration as well as the first annual maintenance fees starting from the third year should be paid within two months from issuance of the decision to grant a patent. Subsequent annual maintenance fees are paid in advance before the anniversary of the filing date. Late payment is possible within 6 months after the due date provided that a 50% surcharge is paid.

  • Duration of registration procedure

It takes an average of 2-4 years from filing up to grant of a patent in Russia.

  • Utility Model

In Russia, it is possible to protect an invention as utility model. Validity term of a utility model is 10 years from the filing date. Average time from filing up to grant of a utility model patent in Russia is 2 years. Utility models should be new and industrially applicable.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

For foreign applicants, it is necessary to perform patent prosecution in Russia through an agent, a registered Russian patent attorney.

  • Notes

1. Online Search Databases: Russian Patents and Utility Models, Eurasian patents (EAPO)
2. Patent protection in Russia may also be obtained via Eurasian Patent.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by Mikhailyuk, Sorokolat & Partners on 11.03.2021
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with Russian IP Laws