Patents

International Arrangements:

  • Paris Union (from 2 September 1963)
  • WIPO (from 9 April 1995)
  • PCT (from 8 May 2005)

Types of Patents Available:

  • Patents of Invention
  • National Phase PCT Application

Novelty Requirements:

Absolute novelty is required. However the mere fact that, within six months before the filing date, the inventor or his successor in title has exhibited the invention in an official or officially recognised international exhibition is no bar to novelty.

Filing Requirements:

National Phase PCT Application:

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed) (can be late filed, no set deadline)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English (required on the day of filing)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable (required on the day of filing)
  • Copy of Published International Application
  • Copy of International Search report (can be late filed, no set deadline)
  • Copy of International Preliminary Report on Patentability (can be late filed, no set deadline)

Patent of Invention:

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed) (can be late filed, no set deadline)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English (required on the day of filing)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable (required on the day of filing)
  • Assignment of Invention (can be late filed, no set deadlines)
  • Priority document with verified English translation (can be late filed within three months)

Grant:

The term of a patent is twenty years from the filing date.

Renewal:

Renewal fees fall due on the filing date. For PCT national phase applications, the filing date is deemed to be the PCT International filing date.

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