The EU-Georgia Intellectual Property Project (EUGIPP) has been supporting the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (Sakpatenti) to develop examination guidelines for national and international design applications. IP experts spent several months working in close collaboration with lawyers from the EUIPO and Sakpatenti to draft these guidelines. These have now been completed and translated into Georgian.
With the aim of getting their feedback, in the coming weeks the EUGIPP and Sakpatenti will be having a round of consultations with the relevant Georgian stakeholders. This feedback will then be integrated into the guidelines, which will ultimately be made available to Sakpatenti examiners, and IP users more generally.
The guidelines on designs are an important project milestone. They will enhance the administrative frameworks for protecting intellectual property rights (IPRs) in Georgia and will improve the quality of IPR administration services. Moreover, they will ensure decisions taken by Sakpatenti are consistent. Furthermore, the guidelines will guarantee that Sakpatenti’s file handling practice is coherent.