A new chapter has been written for the Georgian intellectual property system. Georgia has completed all the requirements for entering into force the Agreement with the European Patent Organisation on validation of European Patents (Validation Agreement). The Parliament of Georgia has also adopted corresponding amendments to the Patent Law of Georgia.
Validation of European Patents
The ratification of the Validation Agreement by the parliament of Georgia completed the negotiation process between Georgia and the European Patent Office, which was launched in 2012.
The conclusion of the Validation Agreement with the EPO is an important tool for further development of the patent system in Georgia. It will strengthen the industrial property protection and facilitate fulfillment of the commitments under the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia and gradual integration of the economy of Georgia into the European market.
Currently, it is possible to obtain a patent for an invention in Georgia in two ways:
1. Direct filing of an application with the Georgian IPO
2. Through the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
According to the amendments, the Patent Law of Georgia will provide for the third, faster and more cost-effective way of obtaining a patent protection – filing a European patent application and requesting its validation in Georgia. Read more