Priority Deadline: For filing of a Utility Model Application in Georgia with claiming priority, the application would have to be filed within twelve (12) months from the priority date.
Novelty Period: The novelty grace period for a Utility Model in Georgia is twelve (12) months after the disclosure of the Utility Model and before application filing or priority date if priority is claimed.
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 Utility Model Applications in Georgia includes a formal examination within two (2) months after filing, for the crosschecking of required documentation after which the application will move to the substantive stage.
Substantive Examination: At this stage the Utility Model Application will be checked in compliance with the requirements for patentability of Utility Models in Georgia i.e. it should possess novelty. If it meets this 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 Applicant Representative, the options available in overcoming said Office Action.
Duration: The procedure for registration in Georgia 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 patent is issued and information published in the Official Bulletin after payment of the relevant issuance, publication and annuity fees. The term for payment is one (1) month after the issue of the decision.
Validity: In Georgia a Utility Model is valid for ten (10) years from the date of filing.
Required documents for Filing a Utility Model Application in Georgia: