|In 2002, 719 patent applications were filed and 504 decisions on patent applications were made, 72 applications for registration of utility models were filed and 69 utility models were registered. 9 international patent applications for forwarding to WIPO were submitted to the office by the Estonian applicants.
On December 31, 2002, 2,667 patent applications and 51 utility model registration applications were pending.
Since July 1, 2002, the Republic of Estonia is a full member of the European Patent Organization. As from that date it is possible to apply, under the European Patent Convention, for legal protection of an invention in the member states of the Convention with a single European patent application. Estonian citizens and residents can file an European patent application via the Estonian Patent Office or directly with the European Patent Office. In 2002 no European applications were filed by Estonian applicants.
Patent protection is granted to inventions belonging to all fields of science and technology, including medicinal products. Patent protection is not granted to plant or animal varieties and to methods for treatment of the human or animal body and diagnostic methods practiced on the human or animal body.
In 2002, the division of filed patent applications was the following: 63% were filed by applicants from the European Union member states, 19% by applicants from the USA and 2,6% by Estonian applicants.
In 2002, Estonian applicants filed 96% and Finnish applicants filed 2,7% of the total number of utility model registration applications.