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Supplementary patent protection

Pharmaceutical and agrochemical inventions are privileged in Russia in terms of the validity period: in addition to the standard 20 years from the filing date, 5 years can be added upon filing a corresponding request, and a Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) is issued.


The reason for the patent term extension tool introduction is the complicated and lengthy procedure of clinical trials and obtaining special marketing authorization preceding the actual launch of pharmaceuticals and agricultural goods, which substantially reduces the term of profiting from a patent: it can actually take decades for a drug to pass muster with the federal authorities and be brought to the market. 

Patent term extension is also available under the Eurasian Patent Convention for Eurasian Patents in the following states in addition to Russia: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkmenistan, the only exception being Tajikistan. 

Documents / Information we need

PCT application entering into National Phase:

  • PCT application number;
  • Names and addresses of applicant(s) and inventor(s) (unless the application is published);
  • Description, claims, abstract, and drawings (unless the application is published);
  • Power of Attorney executed by the applicant;
  • Amendments made after the international publication (if any);
  • Amendments to be made during the National Entry;

National applications:

  • Names and addresses of applicant(s) and inventor(s);
  • Certified copy of priority application(s) (when priority is claimed)
  • Power of Attorney executed by the applicant;
  • Description, claims, abstract, and drawings;

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