Priority Deadline: For filing of a Utility Model Application in Belarus with claiming priority, the application would have to be filed within twelve (12) months from the priority date. A certified copy of the priority application should be filed with the ByPTO within three (3) months following the application filing date.
Novelty Period: The novelty grace period for a Utility Model in Belarus is twelve (12) months after the disclosure of the Utility Model and before application filing or date of earliest priority if priority is claimed.
Representation: A foreign client must be represented at the Belarus Patent office by a registered Belarusian Patent Attorney.
Translation: Application materials should be translated and filed in the Russian language.
Formal Examination: The process for the examination of Utility Model Applications in Belarus includes a formal examination within three (3) months from the application filing date, for the crosschecking of required documentation. In the case of accurate documentation, the decision to grant the patent will be issued under the responsibility of the applicant.
Substantive Examination: There is no substantive examination for Utility Model Applications in Belarus.
Duration: The procedure for registration usually takes twelve (12) months in case of smooth registration.
Maintenance: Maintenance fees are required to be paid annually with annuity for the following year being made in the current year of validity. A failure to pay maintenance fees can result in the cancellation of the patent.
Fees: The grant is issued after payment of the relevant issuance and annuity fees. The term for payment is two (2) months after the date of the receipt of the decision.
Validity: In Belarus a Utility Model is valid for five (5) years, extendable by three (3) years.
Required documents for Filing a Utility Model Application in Belarus: