Most of the Belarusian economy remains state-controlled, and has been described as "Soviet-style." Thus, 51.2% of Belarusians are employed by state-controlled companies, 47.4% are employed by private Belarusian companies (of which 5.7% are partially foreign-owned), and 1.4% are employed by foreign companies. The country relies on imports such as oil from Russia. Important agricultural products include potatoes and cattle byproducts, including meat. As of 1994, the biggest exports from Belarus were heavy machinery (especially tractors), agricultural products, and energy products. Historically important branches of industry include textiles and wood processing.
Who May Apply?
An applicant who does not have his ordinary residence or place of
business in Belarus must authorize a representative in Belarus (a patent
attorney of the Republic of Belarus) through whom all applications,
requests, and other documents will be handled.
What Can Be Registered?
Word forms; figurative signs; other signs or combinations thereof.
What Cannot Be Registered?
A request for registration of a sign as a mark.
The sign in respect of which the application is filed.
The lists of goods for which registration of the mark is sought,
grouped according to the International Classification of Goods and
Power of attorney.
Document attesting payment of the prescribed fee.
The following documents may be presented within two months following
the filing date:
Rules of the collective mark, if the application filed is for the
registration of a collective mark.
Photographic prints, typographical impressions, or images made
by means of computer graphics (10 copies).
Evaluation & Review
Examination as to form is conducted within one month following
the date on which the application was received by the Patent Office.
In the event of disagreement with the decision taken on the examination
as to form, the applicant shall have the right to appeal to the
Patent Office against the decision within two months following the
date on which he received notice thereof.
Substantive examination shall take place on completion of the examination
as to form. In the event of disagreement with the decision
taken on the substantive examination, the applicant shall have the
right, within two months following the date on which he received the
decision, to file a request for reconsideration with the Patent Office.
The duration is 10 years following the date of receipt of the application
by the Patent Office. It is possible to prolong for successive periods
of 10 years at the request of the owner, filed in the course of the last
year of validity of the current term of registration.