Entering national phase of PCT application in Georgia
General filing requirementsDeadline
The deadline for entering the Georgian national phase is 31 months from the priority date. It is possible to restore a prescribed term in Georgia within 12 months from the missed deadline provided that the corresponding fee is paid.
Substantive examination request
The substantive examination of the Georgian patent application has to be requested simultaneously and the corresponding official fee to be be paid within 2 months from the Notification of the Georgian Patent Office about the positive decision of the formal examination.
Power of attorney
A power of attorney should be provided with the Georgian Patent Office within 2 months from the filing date. Legalisation or notarisation of a power of attorney are not required.
Translation of the application
International application is prosecuted in the Georgian language. If an international application has been filed in any foreign language the deadline for provision of the Georgian translation of an application is 2 months from filing the application, provided that the corresponding official fee is paid.
Amendments on the national phase
Amendments of the application can be made before the decision to grant a patent is issued provided that the corresponding official fee is paid. Amendments of an application simultaneously with filing are free of charge.
Maintenance of a patent
Payment of annuities is not stipulated for the pending patent applications in Georgia. The first annuities for a patent starting from the 3rd year till the year when the grant decision is issued are paid simultaneously with the official grant fee. All next annuities are counted starting from the filing date and are paid before the beginning of the next year.
Basic procedure of entering PCT application into the national phase in Georgia
After completion of filing procedure the application undergoes the formal examination lasting 2 months from filing. A substantive examination has to be requested within 2 months from the Notification of the Patent Office about the positive decision of the formal examination. If an invention meets the requirements of patentability, then the decision to grant a patent is issued. In case of payment of the official fee for grant, publication and the first post-grant annuities, the data about the patent is published in the Official Bulletin.
The procedure of the invention registration takes from 2 to 4 years.
The validity term of an invention patent in Georgia is 20 years counting from the filing date.
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