Patent fees in Armenia
Fees associated with the Armenian PCT National Phase Entry as well as other patent fees are available in the fee calculator.
Deadline for Armenian PCT National Phase Entry
The term for entering the Armenian national phase is 31 months from the priority date. Restoration is possible if the corresponding fee is paid and a valid reason is provided to the Patent Office.
Minimum patent filing requirements in Armenia
The official language of proceedings before the Armenian Patent Office is Armenian. If the international application is filed in any other foreign language, Armenian translation thereof should be submitted within three months from the PCT National Phase Entry in Armenia.
For the National Phase Entry in Armenia, it is necessary to provide the patent office with:
- request to grant a patent;
- international application.
Power of Attorney must be submitted to the Armenian Patent Office at the time of national phase entry or within three months from receiving the corresponding notification from the Patent Office. Legalization or notarisation of the POA is not required.
Analysis of a PCT national phase entry in Armenia
Formal examination of an application is conducted within 3 months from the National Phase Entry. Substantive examination is not stipulated, therefore preliminary patents are granted at the applicant’s liability based on the formal examination. Within nine years from the Armenian filing date, it is necessary to submit substantive examination results carried out by a patent organization having the status of an international preliminary examination body or another authorized agency to obtain a patent for 20 years. If the results are not submitted, patent validity is restricted to 10 years from the filing date instead of 20.
Novelty grace period for application
If the information was disclosed by the applicant (inventor) or any person having obtained the information from the applicant (inventor) within 12 months before the priority date such disclosure does not disprove the novelty of the invention according to the Armenian legislation.
Grant, validity term, and patent maintenance fees in Armenia
The official fees for grant and publication should be paid within three months from receipt of the decision to grant a patent. Annual maintenance fees are payable in advance for the next validity year. They are due from the second year of validity. The due date is the anniversary of the filing date. Late payment may be made within the grace period of six months if 50% of the annual fee is paid as a surcharge. The maximum validity period constitutes 20 years from the filing date.
Duration of the patent registration procedure
It takes an average of 1-2 years from the National Phase Entry of PCT Application to patent grant in Armenia.
Utility Model in Armenia
In Armenia, it is possible to enter the national phase of a PCT application as a utility model. Utility models must be new, non-obvious, and industrially applicable. Methods may be protected as utility models. The validity term of a utility model in Armenia is 10 years from the filing date. The procedure of obtaining utility model protection takes approximately 1-2 years from the national phase entry.
Representation by an Armenian patent attorney
For foreign applicants, it is recommended to perform PCT national phase entry through an agent, a registered Armenian patent attorney. However, foreigners must provide the patent office with the Armenian address for correspondence.
- Online Search Databases: Armenian National Patents, Eurasian Patents (EAPO).
- PCT application may also be nationalized in Armenia via entering the Eurasian regional phase.
If you have any queries related to the PCT National phase entry in Armenia, please contact IIPLA team. We will be more than happy to resolve your queries free of cost.