Patent and Trademark Attorneys


Patent EstoniaMIKHAILYUK, SOROKOLAT & PARTNERS offers the full range of legal services related to patent registration in Estonia including patent search, patent translation, filing and further prosecution of an application, patent maintenance, preparing and recordal of assignment and license agreements as well as representing clients before courts. We do our best to represent our clients' interests in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

The validity term of a Patent in Estonia is 20 years from the filing date. For pharmaceutical patents and patents for agrochemicals it is possible to apply for extension of this term for 5 years. In case the patent is extended the Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) is issued.

Novelty grace period is 12 months from disclosure of the information on invention before filing the application or priority date thereof, if priority is claimed.

Overview of the Patent registration procedure in Estonia:
After completion of filing procedure the Estonian patent application undergoes the formal examination within 1 month. On condition that the applicant submits all required documents, the notification about positive result of the formal examination is issued. Estonian legislation stipulates that the substantive examination is carried out automatically upon publication of the application (no request has to be filed to the Patent Office). If the invention meets the requirements of patentability the grant decision is issued. After payment of the registration fee the patent is issued.

The procedure of the patent registration in Estonia takes from 1 to 2 years.

Foreign applicants must be represented before the Office by a registered Estonian patent attorney.

For filing a patent application in Estonia we need:
- your filing instructions with applicant's and inventor's names, addresses and citizenships;
- filing number and date of priority application or PCT application;
- specification with claims, abstract and drawings;
- copy of the amendments, if any;
- Power of Attorney simply signed and stamped by the applicant(s), legalization and notarization are not required (may be provided to the Estonian Patent Office within 2 months from filing the application);
- Assignment Deed from the author to the applicant in case the author and the applicant are not the same persons (may be provided to the Estonian Patent Office within 2 months from filing the application);
- for conventional applications - Certified copy of the priority document if priority is claimed (may be provided to the Estonian Patent Office within 16 months from the priority date).

The term for entering the Estonian national phase of a PCT application is 31 months from the priority date. The term for filing a conventional patent application in Estonia is 12 months from the priority date.

For more information about patent registration in Estonia or quotation for filing and prosecution of the Estonian patent application please contact us.

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