In today’s keenly competitive environment the decisive role belongs to the unconventional design of the end product. Expenditures on the exclusivity of a new design may turn into losses if patent rights for the embodiment are not duly formalized. In the international practice it is commonly accepted that the exterior of a product is protected as intellectual property, in particular, an industrial sample.

A Brief of the Object

A particular configuration of a product as an item of industrial property is protected by the Design (industrial sample) Patent.

As an industrial sample the design patent legally safeguards the creative styling of an item of industrial or artisan goods, which determines its external show, for example the shape, functional arrangement, ornament, and combination of colors.

An industrial sample may be secured juridical protection only when its essential features are novel and original. At that, the patentable design should possess global newness, that is, an inventive outward of a product is to be patented only if no analogue ever existed anywhere in the world.

The Design Patent validates the priority, authorship, and exclusive rights. The exclusive rights mean that the patentee is free to use the article exterior design at his own discretion allowing or disallowing such usage to others.

The exclusive right for an industrial sample protects the patented design from unauthorized manufacture, utilization, import, marketing, or any other way of introduction into commerce, or storage for such purposes.

Accordingly, patenting of the exterior of a product affords the following opportunities: detecting analogues of the claimed creative design while verifying conformance to the novelty requirements, which helps to reveal results of the international activity in designing a particular group of goods; the patentee is authorized to sell the patent license to other persons; the patentee is granted legal permission to forbid competitors to use a trademark similar to a degree of confusion to the patented industrial sample.

The design patent is one of the methods to safeguard exclusive rights for intellectual property. In many cases there arises a necessity of complex patent protection: for example, a concurrent effect of patents for design, invention (utility model), and trademark registration.

The patent term is 15 years under the condition of on-time payment of the appropriate yearly dues. On expiration of the 15-year period the patent force can be extended (not more than for 10 years).

Registration Procedure

The procedure of ratifying the rights for an industrial sample starts with a patent search for identification of proximal equivalents during which conformance of the claimed solution to such conditions of protective power as novelty and originality is determined.

Subsequently, the application for state registration of the industrial sample is documented (describing and analyzing the nearest analogs, and disclosing the essence of the claimed industrial sample).

Expert examination of the application occupies about 1 year and involves formal examination (checking completeness and correctness of the set of documents) and substantive examination (checking correspondence to patentability requirements). In the process of examination the examiner is negotiated with, expert questions are answered, and the specification attributes are adjusted. A positive expertise results in the decision to issue the patent after an appropriate charge is paid. Over 4 months since the payment order duplicate is produced to the Rospatent the industrial sample is registered and the patent is issued. After receipt of the patent the patent annuity is to be paid for holding the patent in force. In case of necessity services of monitoring the terms and amounts of annual dues are available. Our experts can also make photos of the object and represent the images in accordance with the requirements of the Rospatent.

Data necessary for agreement and starting the procedure:

  1. Applicant ID: a copy of pp. 1-2 of the organization Charter or the Registration Certificates of an individual entrepreneur; OKPO (ОКПО), INN (ИНН), and KBK (КБК) Codes; organization particulars for the contract; duplicate of the passport of a physical person.
  2. A short discription of the object including the purpose and scope of usage.
  3. List of analogues (if available), patent search report (if available).
  4. Author data (last, first, and middle names, residential address with all indices).

RUSSIAN PATENTS FOR DESIGN:

FILING

No.

Procedure

Off. Fee (RUR)*

Our fee (EUR)

1

New application:

Filing a new application with the Russian Patent Office, paying filing fees(with up to 25 claims)

2700,00

450,00

1a

For each claim >1

270,00

15,00

1 c

For each sheet of specification in addition to 30

-

10

3

Claiming priority (each priority) and filing a priority document

-

50,00

EXAMINATION AND GRANT

No.

Procedure

Off. Fee (RUR)*

Our fee (EUR)

1

New application:

Filing request for examination and paying examination fee for:

one independent claim

each further independent claim

5400,00

4320,00

270,00

140,00

60,00

60,00

3

Forwarding and checking decision to grant a patent, filing a declaration of approval, paying granting fees, checking and forwarding the official certificate; expenses for copies and postage

10800,00

360,00


ANNUITIES

3rd year

2700,00 RUR

12th year

12150,00 RUR

4th year

2700,00 RUR

13th year

16200,00 RUR

5th year

4050,00 RUR

14th year

16200,00 RUR

6th year

4050,00 RUR

15th year

20250,00 RUR

7th year

5400,00 RUR

16th year

20250,00 RUR

8th year

5400,00 RUR

17th year

20250,00 RUR

9th year

8100,00 RUR

18th year

20250,00 RUR

10th year

8100,00 RUR

19th year

27000,00 RUR

11th year

12150,00 RUR

20th year

27000,00 RUR

   

21 th −25 th

36000 RUR

Miscellaneous

  • Watching and paying annuity fees: 130 EUR for year
  • Reporting charge 30 EUR
  • Translation from English or German to Russian (per 100 words of English) — 13 EUR

Typing

  • Coping or printing per page 2 EUR per 10 pages.
  • Filling an amendment is for changing name/address/nationality 100 EUR

Postage and bank services will be charged extra.

Registration of assignment contract 150 EUR

All other services are based upon the time spent —100 EUR in hour (including redrafting of claims and specification, preparation and filing reply to official action, subsequent filing of documents and so on).

* It is possible to pay in EURO or US dollars according to the actual Rub — € or $ course.