FAQ

P1: Can a patent search be conducted?
Yes.

P2: Can a patent application be filed without its complete documents?
Yes, without forms, Power of Attorney and certified copies of priority documents.

P3: Can convention priority be claimed? Convention Countries?
Yes.

P4: Can a registration be obtained for pharmaceutical products?
yes

P5: What is the term of protection of a patent and from which date is it calculated?
Twenty years starting from the priority/first filing date.

P6: Is a secret form of filing a model/design permitted?
Yes.

P7: Is there a novelty requirement? Is it local or worldwide?
Yes, worldwide.

P8: Is the patent protection available for software alone, or must the software be coupled with computer hardware in order to permit patent application?
Yes, alone.

P9: Can the specifications or claims be amended?
Yes.

P10: Could annuity payments be made before the granting of the patent?
Yes.

P11: In what language should specifications and claims of the patent be filed?
English only.

P12: Is working of the invention required to keep protection in force?
Yes.

P13: What are the conditions that might lead to a compulsory license?
Compulsory license is possible if a patent is neither effectively used in Pakistan nor offered for license.

P14: Must assignments be recorded within a certain period?

No.

P15: Does the Patent Law provide for licenses or registered users?
Yes.

P16: Does the Patent Office publish the patent applications?
Yes.

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P.O. Box: 13035 Karachi, Pakistan
Telephone: (00 92-21) 3438 8113/4
Fax: (00 92- 21) 3438 8115/6
Email: pakistan@agip.com
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