What Can Be Protected As An Invention?
What Cannot Be Protected As An Invention?
Deadline: For national patent registration in Moldova, the patent application is required to be filed with the Moldovan Patent Office (MdPTO) within twelve (12) months from the earliest priority date.
Representation: The client must be represented at the Moldovan Patent office by a registered Moldovan Patent Attorney.
Translation: Application materials should be translated and filed in the Romanian language.
Formal Examination: The process for the examination of Patent Applications in Moldova includes a formal examination within one (1) month 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: The petition for substantive examination should be filed on the client’s request within thirty (30) months from the patent application filing date in which 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 Moldovan 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 Moldova usually takes between two (2) and four (4) years.
Fees: The patent is issued after payment of the registration and publication fees.
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 Moldova a patent is valid for twenty (20) years after the initial filing date. It also should be noted that in Moldova a short-term patent can be obtained and it is valid for six (6) years after the initial filing date and this term can be extended to four (4) years.
Required documents for Filing a Patent Application in Moldova: