Patent Applications Now Accepted in Oman

21 Dec 2005

MUSCAT - The Omani Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced that it began accepting filing of patent applications in Oman effective December 17, 2005.

This filing became possible due to the issuance of the schedule of official charges for patent services rendered by the Ministry. The charges were issued by Ministerial Decision No. 91/2005 dated December 10, 2005 and were published in the Official Gazette No. 805 on December 17, 2005.

The schedule includes charges for the following services for both individuals and companies: filing of a patent application, providing a letters-patent, payment of patent annuities from (2nd -20th), amendment of patent application, recording a change of ownership or an assignment, obtaining a copy of the patent from the register, granting of a compulsory license, filing a petition, and publication in the Official Gazette.

The Omani Patent Law was issued in 2000 by Sultanic Decree No. 82/2000.  The Implementing Regulations were issued by Ministerial Decision No. 73/2005 dated September 10, 2005 and were published in the Official Gazette No. 799 dated September 17, 2005. 

The practice, which was followed before the issuance of the Implementing Regulations, was to publish cautionary notices in local newspapers. These notices define the owner's interest in the property, announce the ownership thereto and alert the public against any possible infringement.

As for the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications, (as Oman is a member of the PCT as of October 26, 2001), the practice was to submit all the documents related to the PCT before the Intellectual Property  Department at the Omani Ministry of Commerce and Industry and get their acknowledgement to save clients' interests. No official numbers were given to such PCT filings.

Another way of protecting patents was through the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Patent Office in Riyadh - Saudi Arabia, which provides protection for the member states of the GCC, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


 



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