Recently Rospatent officially launched a service for fast-track registration of trademarks and patents.

The fast-track option has become available for those applicants who ordered and payed an official trademark search report in Rospatent in respect of all 45 Nice classes.

The official fee for this service is EUR 1 500 (RUR 94 400), the term is 10 calendar days.

For a combined trademark, though, the fee should be payed separately for each employed element (verbal or visual), which may multiply the fee.

In order to use a fast-track option, the applicant should submit to Rospatent (1) a conflict search report along with (2) a trademark application and (3) a written request to conduct fast-track registration.

The option is available for all new and already pending applications. It significantly reduces the term of a legal examination stage – up to 2 months. Under the new option, an overall term of registration is shortened form 18,5 months (current maximum term) to 3-4 months (expected fast-track term).

The same opportunity has become available for patents. To enjoy this opportunity, an applicant should present before Rospatent an official search report for its invention, utility model or design.

The official fee for the service may vary from EUR 1 500 (RUR 94 400) for inventions and utility models to EUR 750 (RUR 47 200) for industrial designs, the term is 10 calendar days.

As a result, IP registration in Russia may become far more simplified and predictable for IP holders interested in soonest protection in this country.

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