FAQ

P1: Can a patent search be conducted?
Yes.

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?
The new Law allows for the protection of chemical products relating to medical drugs, pharmaceutical compositions or food.

P5: What is the term of protection of a patent and from which date is it calculated? Can it be extended?
A patent under the new Law is valid for twenty years from the date of filing the application subject to payment of the prescribed annuity fees starting from the 2nd year of the date of filing in Jordan or the convention filing date in the case of priority applications. A grace period of six months with a fine is allowed.

P6: Is a secret form of filing a model/design permitted?
Yes, for two years.

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

P8: Are utility models granted protection in Jordan 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?
Not applicable.

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

P11: Can annuity payments be made before the granting of the patent?
No.

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

P13:What are the conditions that might lead to a compulsory license?
See above question.

P14: Must assignments be recorded within a certain period?
No.

P15: Does the Patent Law provide for licenses or registered users?
Yes.

P16: Does the Patents Office publish the patent applications in the Official Gazette?
Yes.

Address:

TAGI-UNI Building 104 Mecca Street, Um-Uthaina, Amman, Jordan

P.O. Box: 921100, Amman 11192, Jordan
Telephone: (00 962-6) 5100 900
Fax: (00 962-6) 5100 901
Email: jordan@agip.com
Contact: Amro Hattab (Mr)

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