FAQ

P1: Can a patent search be conducted?
- Yes.

P2: Can a patent application be filed without its complete documents?
- All relevant documents can be filed within 3 months from the date of filing the application.

P3: Can convention priority be claimed? Paris Convention?
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Priority application can be filed on reciprocal basis.  Kuwait is not a member of the PCT or the Paris Convention.

P4: Can a registration be obtained for pharmaceutical products?
- No.

P5: What is the term of protection of a patent and from which date is it calculated? Can it be extended?
- Protection term is 20 years. There is no patent renewal as the Patent Office has not yet started the examination.

P6: Is a secret form of filing a model/design permitted?
- Not permitted.

P7: Is there a novelty requirement? Is it local or worldwide?
- No novelty requirement.

P8: Are utility models granted protection in your country under the Current Law?
- No granting, only application is possible.

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

P10: Can the specifications or claims be amended?
- Can be amended by separate application.

P11: Could annuity payments be made before the granting of the patent?
- No patent annuity is payable.

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

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?
- Not applicable.

P14: What are the conditions that might lead to a compulsory license?
- No compulsory license is granted.

P15: Must assignments be recorded within a certain period?
- Assignment can be filed without publication.

P16: Does the Patent Law provide for licenses or registered users?
- Does not provide.

P17: Does the Patents Office publish the patent applications in the Official Gazette?
- No publication.

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Sharq – Ahmad Al Jaber Street – Dar Al Awadi Complex – 19th Floor – Kuwait

P.O. Box: 4729, Safat 13048, State of Kuwait
Telephone: (00965) 22433004
Fax: (00965) 22440111
Email: kuwait@agip.com
Contact: Hazem Abu-Ghazaleh (Mr)

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