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Azerbaijan is the largest country in the Southern Caucasus region, enjoying a central position between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is a multinational country with a developed economy and constantly growing market. Official implementation of electronic transactions facilitates obtaining protection and defending intellectual property rights. The national currency of Azerbaijan is manat.

A variety of IP objects are available in Azerbaijan:

– Inventions or utility models, through national patent applications or PCT entry

– Trademarks, through national trademark applications or Madrid registrations

– Industrial designs, through national applications or the Hague System

– Appellations of origin and geographical indications

– Copyright

– Plant varieties and animal breeds

The Azerbaijan Patent and Trademark Office conducts correspondence in Azerbaijani language, however, Russian language may be used in certain cases. Any foreign applicant needs to appoint a local Patent Attorney for handling its IP matters before the Office. The appointment can be confirmed with an original signed Power of Attorney, although a copy of the document may suffice in some cases.

Average examination timeframe by the Azerbaijan Patent and Trademark Office is about 12-18 months for inventions, utility models and industrial designs, and about 8-12 months for trademarks. Trademark prosecution involves publishing the trademark for oppositions by third parties.

When an IP-related matter proceeds to court, they are considered by an administrative economic court. An attorney well-versed in the local court practice will ensure protection of the client’s best interest in any matter.

For general information on the costs, please contact us at quotes@patentica.com or info@patentica.com, and we will be happy to provide a precise calculation for your particular situation, including any unorthodox matters. If it concerns potential oppositions, litigation or other such cases that are usually based on an hourly rate, please send us a brief description of the circumstances. We will analyze the case and prepare a detailed professional estimation of associated costs.