FAQ

P1: Can a patent search be conducted?
Yes. However only under the title of the invention, the name of the patentee or the priority number.

P2: Can a patent application be filed without its complete documents?
Yes.

P3: Can convention priority be claimed? Paris Convention?
Yes.

P4: Can a registration be obtained for pharmaceutical products?
No, Unless such products are made by means of special chemical processes, in which case protection shall extend only to the processes and not to products of the processes.

P5: What is the term of protection of a patent and from which date is it calculated? Can it be extended?
15 years starting form the UAE filing date, (in case of PCT, starting from the PCT filing date). It can be extended for another 5 years.

P6: Is a secret form of filing a model/design permitted?
No.

P7: Is there a novelty requirement? Is it local or worldwide?
Yes, worldwide.

P8: Are utility models granted protection in your country under the Current Law.
Yes.

P9: Is the patent protection available for software alone, or must the software be coupled with computer hardware in order to permit patent application?
Yes, alone.

P10: Can the specifications or claims be amended?
Yes.

P11: Could annuity payments be made before the granting of the patent?
Yes.

P12: In what language should specifications and claims of the patent be filed?
Arabic and English.

P13: Is working of the invention required to keep protection in force and, if so, can the working requirements be satisfied by importation or nominal working?
Yes, No.

P14: What are the conditions that might lead to a compulsory license?
1- If the invention is exploitable in the UAE, and is not being exploited
2- If the exploitation is not sufficient to meet the demand for the product
3- If the refusal of the owner of the patent to conclude a license contract under fair terms has seriously impeded the development of industrial or commercial activities in the UAE.
Unless the owner of the patent has valid grounds to justify his position

P15: Must assignments be recorded within a certain period?
No.

P16: Does the Patent Law provide for licenses or registered users?
Yes.

P17: Does the Patent Office publish the patent applications in the Official Gazette?
Not yet.

Address:

Appt. B. 3.2, 7 Rue Chott Errommen, Montplaisir, Tunis 1002

P.O. Box: 1, 1073 Montplaisir, Tunis, Tunisia
Telephone: + 216 71 90 3141/ + 216 71 90 1078/ + 216 71 90 4621/ + 216 71 90 8499
Fax: + 216 71 90 9426
Email: tunisia@agip.com
Contact: Fathi Abu-Nimeh (Mr)

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