EAPO member states will elaborate on receiving Eurasian applications with 3D objects
This recommendation is recorded in the protocol of the meeting of the Permanent Working Group on Information Technologies of the Administrative Council of the Eurasian Patent Organization. The meeting of the working group was held on November 21, 2022 under the chairmanship of the Vice President of the Eurasian Patent Office Emil Mammadov.
Handling 3D objects became the main topic of discussion at the last meeting of this working body.
The participants were provided with detailed information on the updated version of the EAPO-ONLINE tool, which allowed applicants to apply for Eurasian patents for inventions and industrial designs with the inclusion of 3D models of the claimed objects as part of the files of Eurasian applications. Users of the Eurasian regional system for the protection of intellectual property were given this opportunity since November 1, 2022, and the first application with a 3D model was submitted two days after the start of accepting such applications.
As far as large number of Eurasian applications is filed by applicants from the EAPO member states through the national patent offices of these countries, a recommendation was made to start receipt in the national offices in a pilot mode of Eurasian applications containing 3D models, as well as their subsequent transfer to the EAPO using the EAPO-ONLINE system.
Another item on the agenda concerned projects to introduce technologies for handling 3D objects at all stages of IP offices’ procedures. The EAPO's experience in implementing such a project was presented by Denis Zastavny, Head of the EAPO Paperless Information Technologies Development Division. He spoke about the relevant changes made to the regulatory framework, as well as the updates made in information systems and technologies of the office to ensure full-fledged work with the 3D format.
Taking into account the EAPO initiative to assist national patent offices in the uptake of technologies for 3D objects, the working group decided to implement a pilot project to ensure the use of digital three-dimensional models in the Intellectual Property Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the office that was the first to express its readiness to participate in the implementation of this initiative.
The meeting participants also discussed ways of communication between the EAPO and national patent offices to update the EAPO Pharmaceutical Register with information from national patent registers. This will allow to display up-to-date information on the legal status of national patents included in the EAPO Pharmaceutical Register on the basis of requests of patent owners.