Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the Eurasian Patent Organization on Legal Protection of Inventions in the Republic of Moldova

04/11/2012

On April 11-12 this year, at the State Agency on Intellectual Property of the Republic of Moldova (AGEPI) will take place the official visit of the delegation of the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO), headed by Mr. Alexandr GRIGORIEV, President of the Eurasian Patent Office.

The purpose of the visit is the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the Eurasian Patent Organization on legal protection of patents after denunciation by the Republic of Moldova of the Eurasian Patent Convention. This event will be held on 12 April, 11:00 am, in the AGEPI (24/1, Andrei Doga Str.).

On behalf of the Republic of Moldova the Cooperation Agreement will be signed by Lilia BOLOCAN, Director General of AGEPI, who has full powers to sign said Agreement, and on behalf of the Eurasian Patent Organization the Agreement will be signed by Mr. Alexandr GRIGORIEV, President of the Eurasian Patent Office.

By signing said Agreement, the Republic of Moldova and the Eurasian Patent Organization recognize the common concern to the observance of rights and legitimate interests of patent applicants and owners of Eurasian patents, express their willingness to continue the cooperation in the field of protection of inventions and establish some provisions that regulate the rights of applicants and owners of Eurasian patents after denunciation of Convention by a Contracting State, which currently are missing in the Eurasian Patent Convention.

Thus, in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement to be signed, the Republic of Moldova recognizes on its territory the effect of Eurasian patents issued before entry into force of denunciation by our country of the Eurasian Patent Convention (April 26, 2012), until the expiry of the term of validity of these patents or until the appearance of other legal circumstances that would lead to the termination of their validity. However, Republic of Moldova recognizes on its territory the effect of Eurasian patents issued after the effective date of denunciation by the Republic of Moldova of the Eurasian Patent Convention, on the basis of the Eurasian applications whose filing date is earlier to the date of April 26, 2012, up to expiration of the term of validity of these patents or until the appearance of other legal circumstances that would lead to the termination of their validity.

These obligations also result from Article 3 of Law No. 78 of 21 April 2011 on Denunciation of the Eurasian Patent Convention.

Responsible for the implementation of the Agreement are the State Agency on Intellectual Property of the Republic of Moldova and the Eurasian Patent Office.

On 12 April this year, at the AGEPI will take place a bilateral meeting of the EAPO delegation with the AGEPI administration, during which discussions will be on a future Cooperation Agreement between AGEPI and the Eurasian Patent Office.