Patents

International Arrangements:

  • Paris Union (from 20 April 1975)
  • WIPO (from 16 April 1975)
  • PCT (from 8 March 2000)

Types of Patents Available:

  • Patents of Invention
  • Patents of Addition
  • National Phase PCT Application

Novelty Requirements:

Absolute novelty is required. However, novelty will not be destroyed if not earlier than six months before the filing date, the inventor or his successor discloses the invention by exhibiting it at an official or an officially recognised international exhibition.

Patentability:

Diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical methods for the treatment of humans and animals are not patentable. However, products for use in any such methods may be patented.
Inventions relating to foodstuff, medicines or pharmaceutical preparations (excluding the process for making these preparations) are not patentable.

Filing Requirements:

National Phase PCT Application:

  • Title in French (required on the day of filing)
  • Copy of Published International Application (required on the day of filing)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney (simply signed) (can be late filed within two months)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in Arabic or French (can be late filed within two months)
  • Copy of International Search Report (can be late filed, no set deadline)

Patents of Invention (Non - PCT):

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed) (can be late filed within two months)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in French (can be late filed within two months)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in Arabic (can be late filed within two months)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable, (required on the day of filing)
  • Assignment of Priority Rights (can be late filed within three months)
  • Priority document with verified French translation (can be late filed within three months)

Grant:

The term of a patent is twenty years from the filing date. Patents of Addition expire with the main case.

Renewal:

Renewal fees fall due annually from the first anniversary of the filing date.

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