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May 7, 2015
Amendments and Additions to the Regulations on filing, examination and issuance of protective documents in respect of invention, utility model and design applications in the Republic of Belarus came into force on May 6, 2015.

Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus "On Making Amendments and Additions to the Decree of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus" was developed in order to bring the legislation of the Republic of Belarus in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Belarus of December 30, 2014 "On amendments and additions to the Tax Code Republic of Belarus".

Introduced amendments relate to the procedure of extending the term of filing an application for a patent for an invention, utility model and industrial design claiming conventional priority. According to earlier regulations the possibility of extending the term for filing the application with claiming conventional priority was stipulated only in respect of invention applications. The adopted amendments provide the same possibility for utility model and design applications. Specifically, it is possible to file an invention, utility model and design application upon expiration of the stipulated term but not later than 2 months after expiration thereof and on condition of payment of additional official fee.

Besides, there has been introduced the possibility of submission of the certified copy of the priority document in respect of invention application after the stipulated term on condition that the certified copy has been requested in the priority Patent Office within 14 months from the date of filing of the priority application.

Besides, another major amendment refers to the Regulations on filing design applications. Earlier there was no indication concerning allowed number of views of the industrial design. The newly adopted regulations specify that there may be more than seven views of each design variant, but each view in excess of seven is subject to payment of additional official fee.

These amendments find their reflection in the statute of fees of the Republic of Belarus. Specifically, there has been approved official fee for extending the term of filing an invention, utility model and design application in the amount of 40 USD. Besides, there has also been adopted an additional official fee for late submission of the certified copy of priority document in respect of the invention application in the amount of 40 USD. Official fee for submitting of each view of the design in excess of 7 in respect of each design variant now constitutes 10 USD per each excess view.


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