Priority Deadline: For filing of a design application in Tajikistan 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 TjPTO within three (3) months following the design application filing date.

Novelty Period: The novelty grace period for a design in Tajikistan is six (6) months after the disclosure of the design and before application filing.

Representation: A foreign client must be represented at the Tajikistan Patent office by a registered Tajik Patent Attorney.

Translation: Applications should be translated and filed in the Tajik language.

Formal Examination: The process for the examination of Design Applications in Tajikistan includes a formal examination within three (3) months, for the crosschecking of required documentation. In the case of accurate documentation a notification on the completion of the formal examination will be issued and the application will proceed to the substantive examination stage.

Substantive Examination: The substantive examination should be requested by the applicant within twelve (12) months from the filing date. 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 Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan usually takes twelve (15) months in case of smooth registration.

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. The payment of maintenance fees begins from the third (3rd) year of patent validity. 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 Tajikistan a patent is valid for ten (10) years with a possibility to renew for another five (5) years.

Required documents for Filing a Design Application in Tajikistan:

  1. Applicant’s information (name and address).
  2. Designer’s information (name and address).
  3. Representations of the design(s) (photos or drawings); number of representations and views is not limited but must be sufficient to give a complete idea of the design.
  4. Description and list of dominant features (if available).
  5. POA signed by Applicant(s). Notarization or Legalization is not required.