The Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs has entered into force in Belarus. This means that the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO) is close to completing the extension of the regional system of legal protection of industrial designs for the entire region of the Eurasian Patent Convention (EAPC) validity. After Turkmenistan, the only member state of the organization not yet participating in the system, joins the Protocol, the EAPO will be able to initiate the procedure for joining the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs.

Joining the Hague Agreement will significantly improve the ease of access of applicants from around the world to the Eurasian system of legal protection of industrial designs and will facilitate the growth of the incoming Eurasian design applications.

The Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the EAPC, implemented on September 09, 2019, in Nur-Sultan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, entered into force for the Republic of Belarus on April 19, 2022. To date, the Eurasian Patent Office has received more than 120 applications for registration of industrial designs.

Consequently, the Eurasian patents for industrial designs issued under the Eurasian applications filed starting from April 19, 2022, will be valid in the territory of the Republic of Belarus.

These Eurasian patents will be simultaneously valid in the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, and the Republic of Tajikistan.

"The entry into force of the Protocol with respect to the Republic of Belarus brings to completion the process of unification of the territories where the Eurasian Patent Convention and the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs are valid. When Turkmenistan joins the Protocol, the Eurasian Patent Office will be able to initiate the Organization's accession to the Hague system. This will provide our applicants with even more effective and comfortable conditions for the protection of their intellectual rights. When the EAPO joins the Hague system, applicants will be able to apply for protection of their intellectual property rights through our Office in all member states of the Hague Agreement," said Grigory Ivliev, President of the Eurasian Patent Office.