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?
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?