The international cooperation has always been one of the Eurasian Patent Office’s top priorities. So, in 2018 EAPO stepped up its efforts in this area, broadening the horizons of cooperation.
In 2018 EAPO continued to refine the procedure for filing and examination of applications for the grant of Eurasian patents for inventions, improve conditions for applicants and patent owners and promote the Eurasian patent system.
In 2018 innovators filed 3,488 applications with the Eurasian Patent Office, up 5.6 per cent over the previous year.
In 2018, 81% of Eurasian applications were filed electronically via EAPO-ONLINE system
The Eurasian Office reported the grant of 2,630 Eurasian patents in 2018.
Overall, 31,431 Eurasian patents were granted during the period 1996 through 2018.
In 2018 the EAPO Administrative Council held its thirty-fourth (twenty-fifth ordinary) meeting. The EAPO Administrative Council’s Budget Working Group had its twenty-third meeting in the reporting year.
In 2018 EAPO continued to streamline its regulatory framework. Amendments and addenda were made to the Patent Regulations under the Eurasian Patent Convention, the Statute on Fees of the Eurasian Patent Organization, the Administrative Regulations under the EAPC and the Rules of Procedure of the Eurasian Patent Organization’s Administrative Council.
The year 2018 saw 432 applications filed directly with the Eurasian Patent Office, which accounts for 12.4 per cent of overall Eurasian application filings during the year. 413 applications were
filed in 2018 via national IP Offices of the Contracting States, or 11.8 per cent of the total amount of Eurasian applications filed.
International applications accounted for the bulk of Eurasian applications in 2018 totaling 2,643 applications, or 76 per cent of all the applications filed.
Eurasian applications filing dynamics under the aforementioned procedures for the applicants from states party to the Eurasian Patent Convention
The Eurasian patent law provides for a system of third party opposition against patent protection of inventions granted by EAPO, as well as appeals by applicants or patent owners against EAPO decisions taken upon the examination of Eurasian applications or in the course of processing the Eurasian applications or patents.
As its core priorities in information technologies (IT) in 2018, the Eurasian Paten Office expanded the capacity and volume of its collaboration, via electronic means, with Eurasian patent system users, Eurasian patent attorneys and national IP Offices, to upgrade EAPO web resources, while also preparing grounds for introduction of new data formats in practice.
The year 2018 saw the Eurasian Patent Office embracing new areas of international cooperation.
For managing its finance in the reported period, the Eurasian Patent Organization relied on the Eurasian Patent Convention, the Financial Regulations under the Eurasian Patent Convention and the effective law of the country of EAPO headquarters location.
The Eurasian Patent Organization continued to advance its active collaborative work with the Eurasian patent attorneys and refine the ways of such professional cooperation, it as an important corporate commitment.