In Tajikistan, similar to the Utility Model is what is called the Small/Petty Patent for minor inventions/minor improvements of existing products with less rigid requirements for patentability.
Priority Deadline: For filing of a Small Patent Application in Tajikistan 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 TjPTO within three (3) months following the earliest priority date, if priority is claimed.
Novelty Period: The novelty grace period for a Small Patent in Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan Patent office by a registered Tajik Patent Attorney.
Translation: Application materials should be translated and filed in the Tajik language.
Formal Examination: The process for the examination of Small Patent Applications in Tajikistan includes a formal examination for the crosschecking of required documentation and also for the novelty of the invention/industrial property. In the case of accurate documentation and if the invention meets the requirements of the examination, the grant decision will be issued under the responsibility of the applicant.
Substantive Examination: There is no substantive application for Small Patent Applications in Tajikistan.
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, publication and annuity fees. The term for payment is two (2) months after the date of the receipt of the decision.
Validity: In Tajikistan a Small Patent is valid for ten (10) years from the date of filing.
Required documents for Filing a Short-Term Patent Application in Tajikistan: