26 February 2019
Eurasian Patent Oce
set to extend the scope
of its operations
By Catherine Jew ell,
Communicat ions Division, W IPO
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the entr y into force
of the Eurasian Patent Convention (EA PC), and the es-
tablishment of the Eurasian Patent O rganization (EAPO),
the EAPO’s CEO and President of the Eurasian Patent
Ofce, Ms. Saule Tlevle ssova talks to WIPO Magazine
about the organization’s recent achievements an d its
When was the EAPO established?
The EAPC, which created a unit ary patent system for the
Eurasian region, entered into forc e on August 12, 1995.
That convention provided for the foundation of the E APO,
of which the Eurasian Patent Of ce (Eurasian Ofce) is a
constituent part. T he Eurasian Ofce began operations
on January 1, 1996 and has a staff of 200 p rofessionals
and patent examiners.
What is the rol e of the Eurasian Offic e?
The Eurasian Ofce of fers high-quality patent ser vices to
protect inventions and is respons ible for administering
the Eurasian patent system. It is an indep endent, regional
patent body headquar tered in Moscow in the Russian
Federation. The Eurasian pate nt system is a simple and
cost-effective way for applicant s to obtain patent pro-
tection in all eight EAPO me mber states by ling a single
Eurasian patent application. E APO member states are:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Saule Tlev lessova, President of t he Eurasian Paten t Oce
(above) notes that the propos ed new Eurasian i ndustrial
design syst em “will enab le businesses to qu ickly and
easily prote ct their commercia lly valuable d esigns
in multiple ma rkets by lin g a single applic ation.”
Photo: Courtesy of E APO