Two documents were recently signed in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) moving forward the process of establishing the unified IP system – detailed regulations on running the EAEU Customs Register and the Agreement on EAEU Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin.
EAEU Customs Register
The Realization Plan establishing the rules of operation of the EAEU Customs Register, adopted by the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) on October 30, 2018, entered into force on December 6, 2018.
The Realization Plan describes the procedures to be followed by the EEC, EAEU member states’ customs authorities and rights holders, as well as any interested parties wishing to obtain information on a particular trademark, service mark or appellation of origin.
While the Realization Plan is a technical document which does not contain new information for rights holders, it is important because it is the last regulation which had to be adopted for the EAEU Customs Register to become operational, which is now expected to happen soon.
Agreement on EAEU Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin
On December 6, 2018, the Council of the EEC signed the Agreement on EAEU Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin. The Agreement will become effective after the EEC adopts additional regulations governing its implementation, which is expected in 2020.
The signing of the Agreement confirms that the final text passed internal approvals in all EAEU member states and concludes the negotiation stage. It is now only a question of technicalities that need to be completed before we see EAEU trademarks, service marks and appellations of origin become the new standard for the region, some time in 2020.