P1: Can a patent search be conducted?
P2: Can a patent application be filed without its complete documents?
Yes, if priority is claimed.
P3: Can convention priority be claimed?
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?
20 years, it is calculated from the date of filing. No extensions allowed.
P6: Is a secret form of filing a model/design permitted?
P7: Is there a novelty requirement? Is it local or worldwide?
Absolute novelty is required.
P8: Are utility models granted protection in Morocco under the current law?
P9: Is patent protection inclusive of software?
Software is protected by copyright law.
P10: Can the specifications or claims be amended?
Yes, but before the issuance of the certificate.
P11: Could annuity payments be made before the granting of the patent?
P12: In what language should specifications and claims of the patent be filed?
In French only.
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, nominal working will suffice.
P14:What are the conditions that might lead to a compulsory license?
Only if the object of the invention concerns national security; in such case the government may take the invention through a compulsory licensing.
P15: Must assignments be recorded within a certain period?
Yes within three month as of date of signing the agreement.
P16: Does the Patent Law include for licenses or registered users?
P17: Does the Patents Office publish the patent applications in the Official Gazette?
P18:Are plant variety patents accepted in Morocco?
P19:Is it possible to initiate the national phase of a PCT application?
P20:Is it possible to recover a patent whose annuities have not been paid on time?