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European patents can now also be validated in Georgia

On October 31, 2019, Georgia signed an agreement with the European Patent Office, which will enter into force on January 15, 2024, allowing Georgia to be considered indicated in the application for obtaining a European patent from that date.

A European patent issued by the European Patent Office is valid in all countries that are parties to the European Patent Convention if the patent applicant has submitted the necessary translations to the national office on time and paid the fees.

Although Georgia has not yet become a party to the European Patent Convention, under an agreement with the European Patent Office, European patents can be validated on the territory of Georgia based on European patent applications.

The filing date of the European patent application or, in the case of a Euro-PCT application, the filing date of the PCT application must be on or after January 15, 2024, in order to be able to extend patent protection to Georgia at a later stage of the proceedings.

European patents validated in Georgia have the same legal effect as Georgian national applications and patents.

 

 

 

 

Source of the picture: Georgian Patent Office

 

 

 

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