10 OCT 2016
'Union trademark' and 'appellation of origin of the EAEU goods' will be introducted till the end of the yearThe 8th session of the Advisory Committee for Intellectual Property of the Eurasian Economic Commission (the EEC) was held on September 29, 2016 in Minsk. The main matter of discussion was signing of the Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of Goods of the Eurasian Economic Union (the EAEU).
The aforesaid Treaty aimed at regulating of the relations arising in connection with registration, legal protection and use of trademarks of the Eurasian Economic Union and appellations of origin of the EAEU goods. The Minister in charge of Economic and Financial Policy of the EEC, Timur Suleimenov, stated that the mentioned Treaty is scheduled to be signed before the end of the year.
Key points of the Treaty are the following:
- the introduction of the 'Union trademark' and 'appellation of origin of the EAEU goods'. It means that the Union trademark and appellation of origin are simultaneously protected on the territories of all the Member States, namely Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia;
- drafting and filing of one application for the Union trademark (or application for appellation of origin) in any of the patent offices of the Member States;
- paying one union fee for obtaining the legal protection as to trademark and appellation of origin;
- obtaining a single protective document on the territory of the Union;
- maintaining the Single register of the Union trademarks and the Single register of the Union appellation of origin, both available on the official website of the Union.
Thus, the Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of Goods of the EAEU is aimed at simplifying procedures for registering trademarks and appellations of origin, as well as helping to reduce business costs.