P1: Can a patent search be conducted?

P2: Can a patent application be filed without its complete documents?
Yes. If there is claiming priority.

P3: Can convention priority be claimed (Paris Convention)?

P4: Can a registration be obtained for pharmaceutical products?

P5: What is the term of protection of a patent and from which date is it calculated? Can it be extended?
A Patent is protected for a term of 15 years from the date of filing and can be renewed for another term of 5 years; such validity is subject to payment of annual fees

P6: Is a secret form of filing a model/design permitted?

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

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

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

P10: Can the specifications or claims be amended?

P11: Could annuity payments be made before the granting of the patent?
The annuity should be paid within once the application is published in the official gazette.

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

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, by any or both.

P14: What are the conditions that might lead to a compulsory license?
In order to be effective and against 3rd parties.

P15: Must assignments be recorded within a certain period?

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

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


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