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GE - Georgia
National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (SAKPATENTI)

Useful information

The PCT Applicant’s Guide is updated almost every week with information received by the International Bureau.
In case of question, please contact the Office or the International Bureau (pct.guide@wipo.int).
List of abbreviations used in this document:
Office: National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (SAKPATENTI)
PL: Georgian Patent Law
The text may be obtained on the Internet at http://www.sakpatenti.gov.ge
List of currencies used in this document:
GEL (Lari)
USD (US dollar)
Countries and Offices information:
The list of acronyms used for Offices is no longer shown as it has been integrated in the mouseover functionality for each ST.3 code shown in this document.
Refer to List of WIPO Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines formerly Annex K, List of country names and two-letter codes. It includes a list of short names and two-letter codes accepted for use in indicating States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations and their Offices in documents relating to international applications under the PCT. The list is as set out in WIPO Standard ST.3.
Also refer to PCT Contracting States formerly Annex A.
Office profile
For more technical information about the Office, refer to ePCT Office profile.
PCT Reservations, Declarations, Notifications and Incompatibilities
Article 64(5)
Refer to the full list.
Office Closed dates
The Office is closed weekly on Saturday and Sunday
Additional closed dates can be consulted on the Office Closed dates page

International Phase

Annex B - Information on Contracting States or Intergovernmental Organization

Contracting State:
Georgia
Two-letter code:
GE
Georgia - National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (SAKPATENTI)
Name of Office:
National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (SAKPATENTI)
Location:
5 Antioch Str.
3300 Mtskheta
Georgia
Mailing address:
Same as above
Telephone:
(995-32) 225 25 33
E-mail:
info@sakpatenti.gov.ge
Facsimile:
(995-32) 298 84 26
Does the Office accept the filing of documents by facsimile or the like means (PCT Rule 92.4)?
Yes, by facsimile
Which kinds of documents may be so transmitted?
All kinds of documents
Must the original of the document be furnished in all cases?
Yes, within 30 days from the date of the transmission
Would the Office accept evidence of mailing a document, in case of loss or delay, where a delivery service other than the postal authorities is used (PCT Rule 82.1)?
Yes
Is the Office prepared to allow applicants to make applications available to the WIPO Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS) (PCT Rule 17.1(b-bis)?
Yes, the Office is prepared to allow applicants to make international and national applications available to the WIPO DAS
For further details on how to request this Office to make applications available to DAS, refer to http://www.sakpatenti.gov.ge/en
Competent receiving Office(s) for international applications filed by nationals or residents of this State:
GE
Georgia - National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (SAKPATENTI)
IB
International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - International Bureau of WIPO
Does national legislation restrict the filing of international applications with foreign Offices?
Refer to the Office
Competent designated (or elected) Office(s) for this State:
Refer to corresponding National Phase.
GE
Georgia - National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (SAKPATENTI)
Types of protection available via the PCT:
Patents
Utility models
Availability under the national law for an international-type search (PCT Article 15):
None
Provisional protection after international publication:
Upon entry into the national phase, Sakpatenti as a designated office or an elected office shall publish the international application in Georgian language as soon as the Georgian translation is submitted and the fee for examination as to form and publication of the application is paid. From the date of publication of the application in Georgian language the applicant shall be granted the provisional rights.
Information of interest if this Contracting State is designated (or elected)
Time when the name and address of the inventor must be given:
Must be in the request. If the data concerning the inventor are missing at the expiration of the time limit under Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirements within a time limit of two months from the date of receipt of the invitation.
Are there special provisions concerning the deposit of microorganisms and other biological material?
Yes, refer to Annex L.

Annex C - Receiving Office

Competent receiving Office for nationals and residents of:
Georgia
Language in which international applications may be filed:
If the language in which the international application is filed is not accepted by the International Searching Authority (refer to Annex D), the applicant will have to furnish a translation (PCT Rule 12.3).
English
Georgian
Russian
Language accepted for language-dependent free text in the sequence listing:
Same language as the international application (English, Georgian or Russian); or English and another filing language
Language in which the request may be filed:
English
Russian
Number of copies required by the receiving Office if application filed on paper:
3
Does the receiving Office accept the filing of international applications in electronic form?
Yes, the Office accepts electronic filing via ePCT-Filing
For the relevant notifications by the Office, refer to the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) dated 1 June 2017, pages 82 et seq. and 18 August 2022, page 228.
Where the international application is filed in electronic form in accordance with and to the extent provided for in Part 7 and Annex F of the Administrative Instructions, the total amount of the international filing fee is reduced (refer to “Fees payable to the receiving Office”).
Where the international application contains a sequence listing as a separate part of the description, this must be furnished in accordance with Annex C of the Administrative Instructions, that is, in compliance with WIPO Standard ST.26 XML format; no fees are due for sequence listings filed in this format.
Does the receiving Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 26bis.3)?
Yes, the Office applies both the “due care” and the “unintentional” criteria to such requests
Competent International Searching Authority:
AT
Austria - Austrian Patent Office
EP
European Patent Organisation - European Patent Office (EPO)
IL
Israel - Israel Patent Office
RU
Russian Federation - Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) (Russian Federation)
US
United States of America - United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Competent International Preliminary Examining Authority:
AT
Austria - Austrian Patent Office
EP
European Patent Organisation - European Patent Office (EPO)
1
IL
Israel - Israel Patent Office
2
RU
Russian Federation - Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) (Russian Federation)
US
United States of America - United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
2
Fees payable to the receiving Office:
Transmittal fee:
This fee is reduced by 70% where the applicant is the inventor, a higher educational institution or an independent scientific-research unit and by 90% where the applicant is a student, a pupil or a pensioner.
Equivalent in GEL of 100 USD
International filing fee:
1,435 USD
This fee is reduced by 90% if certain conditions apply (refer to Annex C(IB)).
Fee per sheet in excess of 30:
16 USD
This fee is reduced by 90% if certain conditions apply (refer to Annex C(IB)).
Reductions (under Schedule of Fees, item 4):
Electronic filing (the request in character coded format):
216 USD
Electronic filing (the request, description, claims and abstract in character coded format):
324 USD
Search fee:
Refer to
Annex D(AT)
Annex D(EP)
Annex D(IL)
Annex D(RU)
Annex D(US)
Fee for priority document (PCT Rule 17.1(b)):
This fee is reduced by 70% where the applicant is the inventor, a higher educational institution or an independent scientific-research unit.
Equivalent in GEL of 30 USD
Fee for requesting restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 26bis.3(d)):
Equivalent in GEL of 60 USD
Is an agent required by the receiving Office?
As from 1 January 2025, an applicant not having a residence or a registered legal address in Georgia shall appoint a patent attorney of Georgia as a representative before Sakpatenti.
No, if the applicant resides in Georgia. If the applicant does not reside in Georgia, it is highly recommended to appoint an agent.
Who can act as agent?
As from 1 January 2025, an applicant not having a residence or a registered legal address in Georgia shall appoint a patent attorney of Georgia as a representative before Sakpatenti.
Any person who is a resident of Georgia or a patent attorney of Georgia.
Waiver of power of attorney:
Waivers of powers of attorney do not apply (PCT Rule 90.4(e) and 90.5(d)) where the agent or common representative submits any notice of withdrawal during the international phase (PCT Rule 90bis.1 to 90bis.4, also refer to International Phase, paragraph 11.048).
Has the Office waived the requirement that a separate power of attorney be submitted?
No
Particular instances in which a separate power of attorney is required:
Not applicable
Has the Office waived the requirement that a copy of a general power of attorney be submitted?
No
Particular instances in which a copy of a general power of attorney is required:
Not applicable

Annex L - Deposits of Microorganisms and Other Biological Material

Requirements of designated and elected Offices
Only Offices whose applicable national law contains provisions concerning the deposits of microorganisms and other biological material are listed in Annex L. Unless otherwise indicated, deposits may be made for the purposes of patent procedure before these Offices with any depositary institution having acquired the status of international depositary authority under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure.
For a list of these institutions refer to:
Notifications related thereto may be consulted under:
Further information concerning the requirements of international depository authorities under the Budapest Treaty is available at:
Time (if any) earlier than 16 months from priority date by which applicant must furnish:
— the indications prescribed in Rule 13bis.3(a)(i) to (iii):
None
— any additional indications:
None
Additional indications (if any) which must be given besides those prescribed in Rule 13bis.3(a)(i) to (iii) pursuant to notifications from the Office:
None
Additional information
Deposits may also be made for the purposes of patent procedure before the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (SAKPATENTI) with “any scientifically recognized institution at home and abroad” and that includes all institutions published further in this Annex.

National Phase

Summary of requirements for entry into the national phase

Time limits applicable for entry into the national phase:
Under PCT Article 22(3): 31 months from the priority date
Under PCT Article 39(1)(b): 31 months from the priority date
Translation of international application required into (one of) the following language(s):
Must be furnished within two months from the date of request for entry into the national phase
Georgian
Required contents of the translation for entry into the national phase:
Must be furnished within two months from the date of request for entry into the national phase
In certain circumstances, the Office is entitled to require both the translation of the international application as originally filed and as amended; in such a case, the Office will invite the applicant to supply the missing translation
Under PCT Article 22: Description, claims (if amended, as originally filed or as amended, if the applicant wishes the amendments to form the basis for the proceedings, together with any statement under PCT Article 19 ), any text matter of drawings, abstract
Under PCT Article 39(1): Description, claims, any text matter of drawings, abstract (if any of those parts has been amended, as originally filed or as amended by the annexes to the international preliminary examination report, if the applicant wishes the amendments to form the basis for proceedings)
Is a copy of the international application required in particular circumstances?
No
National fees:
Fees are reduced:
— by 70% where the applicant is the inventor, a higher educational institution or an independent scientific research unit
— by 90% where the applicant is a student, pupil or retiree
— by 20% for applications filed electronically
Patents and Utility models
Fee for examination as to form and publication of application:
— up to 30 pages of application
This fee must be paid within one month from the date of request for entry into the national phase.
Equivalent in GEL of 100 USD
— for each additional page over 30
This fee must be paid within one month from the date of the invitation to pay.
Equivalent in GEL of 3 USD
Exemptions, reductions or refunds of fees:
None
Special requirements of the Office (PCT Rule 51bis):
If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit of two months from the date of receipt of the invitation
Name and address of the inventor if they have not been furnished in the “Request” part of the international application 3
Deed of transfer where the applicant is not the inventor 3
Appointment of an agent if the applicant is not resident in Georgia
Power of attorney if an agent or representative is appointed
Furnishing, where applicable, of a nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence listing in electronic form
Who can act as agent?
As from 1 January 2025 an applicant not having a residence or a registered legal address in Georgia shall appoint a patent attorney of Georgia.
Any person who is a resident of Georgia or a patent attorney of Georgia.
Does the Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 49ter.2)?
Yes, the Office applies both the “due care” and the “unintentional” criteria to such requests

The procedure in the national Phase

GE.01 TRANSLATION (CORRECTION)
Errors in the translation of the international application can be corrected with reference to the text of the international application as filed (refer to National Phase, paragraphs 6.002 and 6.003).
GE.02 FEES (MANNER OF PAYMENT)
PL Art. 47
The manner of payment of the fees indicated in the Summary and in this Chapter is outlined in Annex GE.I. The fee for examination as to form and publication of the application (up to 30 pages of the application) must be paid within one month from the date of request for entry into the national phase. The fee for examination as to form and publication of the application (for each additional page over 30) must be paid within one month from the date of the invitation to pay.
GE.03 DEED OF TRANSFER
PL Art. 24.3
If the applicant is not the inventor, a deed of transfer must be furnished within two months from the date of the request for entry into the national phase. There is no special form for this statement. Legalization is not required.
GE.04 POWER OF ATTORNEY
PL Art. 24.2
An agent must be appointed by filing a power of attorney within two months from the date of request for entry into the national phase. Any person who is a resident of Georgia or a patent attorney of Georgia may act as an agent. From 1 January 2025 an applicant not having a residence or a registered legal address in Georgia shall appoint a patent attorney of Georgia.
GE.05 MENTION OF INVENTOR
PL Art. 18.3
If the inventor prefers to remain anonymous, a special request must be made to the Office during the national phase.
GE.06 PRIORITY DOCUMENT (TRANSLATION)
PCT Rule 51bis.1(e)
The Office may require the applicant to furnish a translation of the priority document into Georgian only in certain cases, and upon special invitation.
GE.07 FEE FOR GRANT
PL Art. 47
Before issuance of the decision to grant the patent, the applicant is invited to pay the fee for registration of the patent, the publication of the patent and the issuance of the patent certificate within two months from the date of receipt of the invitation. If paid on time, the patent is granted, published and patent certificate issued. If the fee is not paid within the said time limit, the grant of patent will not take place and proceedings with regard to the application shall be terminated.
GE.08 MAINTENANCE FEE
PL Art. 47, PL Art. 54
A maintenance fee is due as from the third year after the international filing date. The maintenance fee is due on the anniversary of the filing date. If the maintenance fee is not paid in time, the application proceedings are terminated/the patent lapses. Reinstatement of the application is possible upon payment of the missed maintenance fee and a reinstatement fee, within six months from the date of termination of the application. If the patent maintenance fee is not paid in time, reinstatement of the patent may be requested. There is a six-month period from the due date for requesting reinstatement of the patent by paying the missed maintenance fee without surcharge, and an additional six-month period for requesting reinstatement of the patent by paying the maintenance fee and a reinstatement fee. The amounts of the maintenance fees are indicated in Annex GE.I.
GE.09 REVIEW UNDER ARTICLE 25 OF THE PCT
PCT Art. 25, PCT Rule 51
The applicable procedure is outlined in paragraphs 6.018 to 6.021 of the National Phase.
GE.10 EXCUSE OF DELAYS IN MEETING TIME LIMITS
PCT Art. 24(2), PCT Art. 48(2), PCT Rule 82bis
Reference is made to paragraphs 6.022 to 6.027 of the National Phase.
GE.11
PL Art. 46
Reinstatement may be requested where the applicant has failed to comply with a time limit during the international phase or before the Office.
A request for reinstatement of rights related with an international application, lost due to the non-respect of the time limit for entry into the national phase due to a justifiable reason, must be presented in writing within two months after removal of the cause of non-compliance with the time limit but not later than one year from the expiration of the time limit which has not been observed. The applicant must complete the omitted act and pay the reinstatement fee (indicated in Annex GE.I).
Reinstatement of an international application in the national phase forfeited due to failure to meet a time limit is possible upon completing the omitted act and payment of a reinstatement fee, within six months from the date of termination of the application.
GE.12 UTILITY MODEL
PL Art. 73, PCT Rule 49bis.1(a), PCT Rule 49bis.1(b), PCT Rule 76.5
If the applicant wishes his application to be treated as an application for the grant of a utility model, when performing the acts referred to in Article 22 or 39, he shall so indicate to the Office.
GE.13
Utility model protection cannot be obtained for microorganism strains, plant and animal cell cultures, biotechnology and genetic engineering subject-matters, substances obtained by chemical processes, including pharmaceutical substances.
A utility model is registered after a limited substantive examination. Novelty is examined globally. Inventive step is not examined.
A utility model application must contain only one independent claim.
GE.14 CONVERSION
An international application for a patent may be converted into a utility model application after the applicant has complied with the requirements for entry into the national phase for a patent application, as indicated in the Summary. Conversion can be requested before a decision of grant is issued.
GE.15
An international application for a utility model may be converted into a patent application after the applicant has complied with the requirements for entry into the national phase for a utility model application, as indicated in the Summary. Conversion can be requested before a decision of grant is issued.

Annexes

Annex GE.I - Fees
All fees are payable in GEL equivalent of US dollar.
Fees are reduced:
— by 70% where the applicant is the inventor, a higher educational institution or an independent scientific research unit
— by 90% where the applicant is a student, pupil or retiree
Fee for examination as to form and publication of application:
— up to 30 pages of application
This fee must be paid within one month from the date of request for entry into the national phase.
100 USD
— for each additional page over 30
This fee must be paid within one month from the date of the invitation to pay.
3 USD
Fee for extension of term to reply to official actions
30 USD
Fee for voluntary amendments during processing
40 USD
Fee for voluntary amendments after grant
60 USD
Fee for reinstatement of rights of the applicant with respect to an international application where the applicant failed to comply with the requirement of Article 22 or 39(1)
100 USD
Fee for restoration of the right of priority
60 USD
Publication fee for patent and utility model specification up to 30 pages
This fee is reduced by 20% for applications filed electronically.
60 USD
— for each additional page in excess of 30
This fee is reduced by 20% for applications filed electronically.
2 USD
Fee for registration of patent, publication of patent, issuance of patent certificate (up to 30 pages)
This fee is reduced by 20% for applications filed electronically.
200 USD
Fee for registration of patent, publication of patent, issuance of patent certificate (for each additional page over 30)
3 USD
Fee for conversion of patent application into utility model application
50 USD
Fee for conversion of utility model application into patent application
70 USD
Fee for registration of utility model, publication of utility model
150 USD
Fee for requesting supplementary protection certificate for patent
100 USD
Maintenance fees:
for patent:
— for the 3rd to the 5th years
per year, 50 USD
— for the 6th to the 8th years
per year, 70 USD
— for the 9th to the 11th years
per year, 170 USD
— for the 12th to the 14th years
per year, 250 USD
— for the 15th to the 17th years
per year, 300 USD
— for the 18th to the 20th years
per year, 500 USD
for supplementary protection certificate:
100 USD
— for the 21st year
600 USD
— for the 22nd year
700 USD
— for the 23rd year
800 USD
— for the 24th year
900 USD
— for the 25th year
1,000 USD
— for the 26th year
1,100 USD
for utility model:
— for the 3rd and 4th years
per year, 50 USD
— for the 5th and 6th years
per year, 70 USD
— for the 7th and 8th years
per year, 170 USD
— for the 9th and 10th years
per year, 300 USD
Fee for reinstatement of patent or utility model
100 USD
How can payment of fees be effected?
The payment of fees must be effected in GEL equivalent in USD. If the applicant is not a resident in Georgia, the payment must be effected by an agent or a representative. All payments must indicate the application number, the name of the applicant and the category of fee being paid.
The payment of all fees is due to the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (SAKPATENTI) and should be effected by a bank transfer at the following account:
Identification code
203831363
Beneficiary’s bank
State Treasury
Beneficiary’s name
Unified Account of Treasury
Bank code
TRESGE22
Account number/Treasury code (GEL)
707807132
Forms
Please refer to the Office.
Notes:
1 a The Office is competent only if the international search is or has been carried out by that Office or by the Austrian Patent Office.
2 a b The Office is competent only if the international search is or has been carried out by that Office.
3 a b This requirement may be satisfied if the corresponding declaration has been made in accordance with PCT Rule 4.17.
Special edition as of 31 October 2023, prepared for EQE candidates printed on 21 Apr 2024