FAQ

P1: Can a patent search be conducted?
Yes.

P2: Can a patent application be filed without its complete documents?
No.

P3: Can convention priority be claimed? Yes Paris Convention?
No.

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?
Yes, 16 years.

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

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

P8: Are utility models granted protection in your country under the Current Law ?
No.

P9: Is the patent protection available for software alone, or must the software be coupled with computer hardware in order to permit patent application?
Software is covered by the copyright which is not available.

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

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

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

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

P14:What are the conditions that might lead to a compulsory license?
Not achieving the public reasonable demands.

P15: Must assignments be recorded within a certain period?
After the grant.

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

P17: Does the Patents Office publish the patent applications in the Official Gazette?
Yes.

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