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?
- Yes.

P5: What is the duration of protection of a patent? Can it be extended?
- A patent is valid for 20 years calculated from the date of filing. Such a validity is subject to payment of annual fees, and it could be extended up to six months but with lateness fine.

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

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

P8: Are utility models granted protection in Algeria under the current Law?
- Yes. Utility models are protected under the same law affording protection to models and designs.

P9: Is patent protection available for software alone, or must the software be coupled with computer hardware in order to permit patent application?
- Nothing about this matter has been mentioned in the law.

P10: Can the specification or claims be amended?
- Yes.

P11: Can annuity payments be made before the granting of the patent?
- Yes.

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

P13: Is working of the invention required to keep protection in force? If so, can the working requirements be satisfied by importation or nominal working?
- Yes, by either or both.

P14: What are the conditions that might lead to a mandatory license?
- Lack of use within 3 years.

P15: Must assignments be recorded within a certain period?
- No, in order to be effective and against 3rd parties.

P16: Does the Patent Law provide for licenses or registered users?
- The patent law provides for licenses.

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


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P.O. Box: 148, Cheraga, Algiers, Algeria
Telephone: 21321341419
Fax: 21321341423
Email: algeria@agip.com
Contact: Gasmi Tahar (Mr)


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