It was recently decided that the Eurasian Patent Office (official web site) will become a PCT International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority.
It will be recalled that the members of the Eurasian Patent Organization are:
- Republic of Belarus
- Republic of Tajikistan
- Russian Federation
- Republic of Kazakhstan
- Azerbaijan Republic
- Kyrgyz Republic
- Republic of Armenia
From the point of view of a patent applicant, one of the important benefits provided by the EAPO is that the applicant can file a single patent application in the EAPO as a regional patent office, and the granted patent provides protection in all eight member states.
The two-letter code for EAPO is “EA”. So the ISA will be called ISA/EA and the IPEA will be called IPEA/EA.
It will also be recalled that EAPO was among the very earliest participants in the DAS system. From as long ago as 2017, EAPO has been a Depositing Office for patents, industrial designs, and PCT applications, and has been an Accessing Office for patents and industrial designs.
When EAPO becomes active as an ISA and IPEA, this will expand from 23 to 24 the number of ISAs and IPEAs.