Qatar has become a member of PCT on August 11, 2011.
Qatar is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Patent Office. It is a regional office for the GCC, which comprises the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar and State of Kuwait. Certificates of patents granted by the Office secure legal protection of the inventor's rights in all member states.
The Qatar Patent Office has started accepting PCT national phase applications as of September 2012.
The official fees of national phase applications are the same fees of regular applications. The documents required at the time of filing are the patent text in English and Arabic in addition to the details of the PCT application.
The legalized Power of Attorney must be submitted within (3) three months from the application filing date with late filing fees.
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