Summary

Syria has been a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) since June 26, 2003.

The patent application is filed with the Patent Office at the Syrian Proprietary Protection Department, along with all the required papers and documentation.

Filing Requirements
Patent applications under the Paris Convention
Required Documents

- Legalized Power of Attorney (up to the Syrian consulate) as per the attached form.

The procedure of the super legalization of the POA locally involves obtaining Interior Ministry's approval first, (which takes 2-3 months), (please expedite this document as early as possible.)

- Priority document (certified copy of the application that priority is to be claimed in Syria), which can be filed within (3) months from the date of filing the application in Syria.

- Specifications, claims and abstract of the invention in quadruplicate in English or French with the Arabic translation. Arabic translation can be made through our office.

- Legalized assignment from the inventor(s) to the applicant, in case the priority application was filed in the name of the inventor(s), which can be filed within (3) months from the date of filing the application in Syria.

- At a later stage and in order to support the consideration procedures by the PO, a certified copy of the corresponding letters patent issued in the home country of the applicant or any other foreign one is required.

A Patent application is usually refereed to university professors and scholars specialized in patent issues who lay down a report as to whether the patent has a practical industrial application on the basis of which the ad hoc committee decides whether to grant the patent or not. (This step takes 2-3 Years). 

National Phase Entry of the PCT:

It is possible to file a national application of the PCT international application in Syria during the 31-month period.

Required Documents:

- Legalized Power of Attorney (up to the Syrian consulate).

The procedure of the super legalization of the POA locally involves obtaining Interior Ministry's approval first, (which takes 2-3 months), (please expedite this document as early as possible.)

- Copy of the PCT international application (request form 101).

- WIPO IB advice of the priority document transmittal (form 304).

- Copy of the PCT publication.

- Copy of the search report and the ISA's written opinion.

- Copy of the Preliminary examination report

- Specifications, claims and abstract of the invention in quadruplicate in English or French with the Arabic translation. Arabic translation can be made through our office.

As for the national applications of PCT, the Patent Office relies mainly on the intentional preliminarily examination report to decide on granting the patent in Syria or not. This procedure could take one year or so. However, this is not always the rule, sometimes; such applications are also referred to Research Centers for consideration.

Notes: 
 
- Annuities should be paid annually from the international filing date, even before granting the patent.

- Pharmaceuticals and chemical compounds/reagents are not patentable under the Syrian patent law substantially. In this context, such inventions can be protected in Syria as to the method of preparation thereof.

- A 6-month grace period is allowed for late payment of annuities against payment of a lateness fine.

- Working of a patent is compulsory within 2 years as of the date of the grant. A nominal working notice published in a local newspaper inviting potential investors to exploit the invention in the country is acceptable for satisfying the compulsory condition.

Address:

Trade Marks Agencies (Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property - TMP Agents) Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Building - Kafersoseh Villas Organization zone - The Southern Highway

P.O. Box: 31000 Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Telephone: +963 11 214 0160 +963 11 214 0161
Fax: +963 11 214 0162
Email: syria@agip.com
Contact: Mohammad Ammar Azmeh (Mr)

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