What Can Be Protected As An Invention?

  • Swiss-type claims (the first, second or subsequent medical use of a known substance or composition).
  • Also technical solutions (products and/or methods) from any field of technology which after examination have been proven to be new (of novelty), inventive (possessing the inventive step), and industrially applicable.

What Cannot Be Protected As An Invention?

  • Aesthetic and thereby non-technical creations.
  • Game regulations and guidelines for intellectual and economic activity.
  • Scientific theories, Discoveries, and Mathematical Methods.
  • Plant and animal varieties as well as the biological means of obtaining them.
  • Computer programs.
  • Presentations of information.
  • The modification of human genes as well as methods for cloning humans.
  • The use of human embryos in commercial or industrial purposes.
  • Any other invention contrary to morality or public policy.
  • Methods of treatment.
  • Methods of diagnostics.

Deadline: For national patent application in Georgia, the application is required to be filed with the Georgian Patent Office (Sakpatenti) within twelve (12) months from the earliest priority date.

Representation: The client must be represented at the Georgian Patent office by a registered Georgian Patent Attorney.

Translation: Application materials should be translated and filed in the Georgian language.

Formal Examination: The process for the examination of Patent Applications in Georgia includes a formal examination within two (2) months after filing, for the crosschecking of required documentation. In the case of accurate documentation, a notification of the positive outcome of the formal examination will be issued.

Substantive Examination: Sakpatenti conducts substantive examination within six (6) months from the completion of the formal examination. On this stage, the invention will be checked for novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability. The patent is issued or not, after the completion of the substantive examination and in accordance with the results of said examination.

Office Action: In case of an Office Action our Georgian Patent Attorney will carefully review the Office Action to provide a Legal Opinion and discuss with the Applicant options available in overcoming said Office Action.

Duration: The procedure for registration of a patent in Georgia usually takes between two (2) and three (3) years.

Fees: The patent is issued after payment of the registration and publication fees for which the deadline is two (2) months from the date of receipt of the decision.

Maintenance: Maintenance fees regarding the patent are required to be paid annually with annuity for the following year being made in the current year of validity.

Validity: In Georgia a patent is valid for twenty (20) years after the initial filing date. It is however possible for applications for pharmaceuticals to apply for and receive an extension of five (5) years on their patent.

Required documents for Filing a Patent Application in Georgia:

  • Applicant’s information (name and address);
  • Inventor’s information (name and address);
  • Description, claims, abstract and drawings, disclosing the invention;
  • Original of the POA signed by applicant(s). Notarization or Legalization is not required.