Summary

Patent applications are examined as to formal requirements and to substantive requirements based on an assessment of the invention against the criteria of novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability. A Patent Examiner reviews the application and searches the prior art to decide whether the application meet the requirements of patentability.

The PTO will prepare a preliminary search report with an opinion on the basis of the claims, descriptions and drawings, if applicable. The preliminary search report once prepared shall be notified to the applicant or his agent. Afterwards, a final search report will be issued.

A patent application will be published after a period of 18 months from the filing date or of the eldest priority date, if it is not rejected or withdrawn. After this publication date, any third party may object a registration of an application within a deadline of 2 months. If an objection is filed against an application, a two month period is allotted for the said applicant to respond.

If a patent application is accepted, the applicant will be notified to pay an amount to obtain the patent letter. It will be possible to pay the due annuities, after the issuance of the patent letter. (Annuities must be paid each year).

Please be informed that annuities for any pending patent applications are now payable after grant only, whether filed before or after the law change on 18 December 2014. It will be only possible to pay due annuities once the patent has been granted and even though you would like to pay annuities before granting it will not be accepted by the PTO.


Address:

ESPACE PORTE D’ANFA, No. 3 Rue Bab Mansour Casablanca 20050, Kingdom of Morocco

P.O. Box: 19005 Casa El Hank, Kingdom of Morocco
Telephone: (00 212-5-22) 36 61 19/21/26
Fax: (00 212-5-22) 36 61 33
Email: morocco@agip.com
Contact: Fatimah El-Garwaoui (Ms.)

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