First implemented in 2010, the service of electronic communication between the Rospatent and applicants is becoming more and more popular.

As published by the Rospatent last month, 13 013 electronic applications for all different types of IP protections available were filed during the first half of 2016 (there were only 5561 during that same period in 2015). The number of filed trademark electronic applications in 2016 was of 8 487 (against 4 667 in 2015) and of electronic applications for inventions and utility models – 4 526 (against 894 in 2015).

The advantages of electronic communication are indisputable:

– the application registers in the system within 1-2 minutes after filing;

– the official fee for electronic application is 15% less than for paper application.