P1: Can a patent search be conducted?
P2: Can a patent application be filed without its complete documents?
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?
The term is 20 years from the date of filing of the application.
P6: Is a secret form of filing a model/design permitted?
Secret filing is unmentioned in the law.
P7: Is there a novelty requirement? Is it local or worldwide?
Yes although the system here is a filing system that does no consist of a search system.
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?
Yes it can be for software alone.
P10: Can the specifications or claims be amended?
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 English or Arabic and the abstract must be translated into 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 nominal working.
P14: What are the conditions that might lead to a compulsory license?
Four conditions as follows:
That the patented invention capable of being worked within the Democratic Republic of the Sudan has not been so worked.
That the working of the patented invention within the Sudan does not meet a reasonable terms the demand of the product.
The working of the patented invention within the Sudan is been prevented or hindered by the importation of the patented article.
That by reason of the refusal of the registered owner of the patent to grant licenses on reasonable terms, the establishment or development of industrial or commercial activities in the Sudan is unfairly substantially prejudiced.
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?
Only local applications as the PCT applications are not published.