Earlier this month, 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.
It 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.
EAPO President Saule Tlevlessova opened the Diplomatic Conference with welcoming speech and thanked the Republic of Kazakhstan for the hospitality and assistance in holding such significant for the Eurasian region events. President Tlevlessova expressed hope that the system for the legal protection of industrial designs will be as successful as the Eurasian system for the legal protection of inventions.
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 Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization shall be the depositary of the Protocol.
The Protocol shall enter into force, in respect of the first three States to ratify it or accede to it, three months after the third instrument of ratification or accession has been deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization.