Annual report 2021
For the Estonian Patent Office, 2021 was a year of numerous renewals as well as preparation for big changes. On 1 April, the Estonian Patent Office took over some of the functions of the Ministry of Justice in the field of copyright. The change is related to the goal of the office becoming a competence centre for intellectual property rights. Competence centre advises entrepreneurs on intellectual property issues, ensures a fast and effective procedure for registering intellectual property and fast pre-trial resolution of disputes.
Annual report 2020
The year 2020 was colourful and full on work for the Patent Office. There was something new in all areas of industrial property. The accelerated procedure for trade mark applications – a renewal in the area of trade marks intended for all applicants – was received very well and the percentage of applicants requesting faster procedure is growing. As far as inventions are concerned, it should be pointed out that procedural instructions for patent applications and patents have been compiled and published. These intructions ensure legal clarity and equal treatment of applicants, but also help the applicant to understand the course of the procedure and make the examination process more transparent.
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Last updated: 31.05.2022