The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation passed a bill on issuing patents in electronic form in its third reading.
According to amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, all protection documents, except patents for a secret invention, will be issued in electronic form. Nevertheless, the applicant will retain the right to receive such documents on paper if necessary.
Applicants will also have the opportunity to attach 3D models of intellectual property objects when applying for their registration. This applies to inventions, utility models, industrial designs and trademarks.
Due to sufficient elaboration of its international standard, STEP will be used as the basic internal file format for 3D models. These models will be used by the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) for examination purposes only. The law provides for the interpretation of models and formulas through their three-dimensional or electronic counterparts.
According to TASS.