DESIGNS REGISTRATION IN GEORGIA
Priority Deadline: For filing of a design application in Georgia with claiming priority, the application would have to be filed within six (6) months from the priority date. A certified copy of the priority application should be filed with the GPTO within three (3) months following the design application filing date.
Novelty Period: The novelty grace period for a design in Georgia is twelve (12) months after the disclosure of the design and before application filing.
Representation: A foreign 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 Design Applications in Georgia includes a formal examination within two (2) months for the crosschecking of required documentation. In the case of accurate documentation, the application will proceed to the substantive examination stage.
Substantive Examination: The substantive examination should be requested by the applicant within three (3) months from the date of notice of completion of the formal examination. At this stage the design will be checked in compliance with the requirements for design patentability, which are absolute novelty and originality. If the design meets these requirement a decision to grant the patent will be issued.
Office Action: In case of Office Action, our Georgian Patent Attorney will carefully review the Office Action to provide a Legal Opinion and discuss with the Applicant or representing Attorney, options available in overcoming said Office Action.
Duration: The procedure for registration of a design patent in Georgia usually takes twelve (12) months in case of smooth registration.
Maintenance: Maintenance fees regarding the maintenance of the design patent in force, are required to be paid every five (5) years being made in the fifth year of validity. A six (6) month grace period is foreseen without any increase of the fees. Failure to pay maintenance fees can result in the cancellation of the patent.
Fees: The patent is issued after payment of the relevant issuance and annuity fees.
Validity: In Georgia a patent is valid for five (5) years with a possibility to renew for another five (5) years four (4) times repeatedly. Twenty-five (25) years collectively.
Required documents for Filing a Design Application in Georgia: