On 18th December 2017, the President of the Republic of Belarus signed the Law “On Amendments and Additions to the Law of the Republic of Belarus" in respect of Patents for Inventions, Utility Models and Industrial Designs ". This law will come into force on 7th July 2018.  Inter alia, the following changes and additions of significance will be introduced:

 

- The definition of an invention and the subject matter that cannot be considered as an invention will be clarified;

- The maximum term of validity of utility models will be extended from eight to ten years; 

- The procedures for the granting of patents for inventions, utility models, industrial designs will be improved;

- The list of actions not recognised as constituting infringement of the exclusive right of the patent owner will be specified.

 

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