Summary

Novelty: 

Novelty requirement in Jordan is absolute novelty. Yet, a grace period of 12 months starting from the first worldwide disclosure is available, in which the application can be filed without claiming a priority.

Formal Examination:

Once all formalities filed the application will be examined with respect to compliance with the formalities provided for under the patent law. 

Substantive Examination:

There is no special request for examination. Yet, amending the current claims to match the European allowed claims (after the end of opposition period) usually leads to accelerate registration. In other words, the substantive examination that will be conducted by the European examiners for the European counterpart will be taken into consideration to decide whether the application can be registered or not.

The examinations of other countries such as US & PCT will be taken into consideration for cases in which a European counterpart has not been filed.

Acceptance & Publication: 

Once the application is accepted, the bibliographic data of the subject application will be published in the official gazette, for opposition purposes. Within three months from publication, any interested party may file an opposition against the acceptance of the patent at the Patent Office.

Patent Term: 

The term of patent protection in Jordan is 20 years as from the filing date. The application is subject to the payment of the prescribed annuity fees starting from the filing year, due at the time of registration. Further annual maintenance fees are payable on each anniversary of the filing date of the application. There is a grace period of six months for late payment of these annual maintenance fees with penalty fees.

Transfer of Right: 

The right to a patent/application may be assigned, transferred through succession or license. The assignment of granted patents must be made in writing. An assignment will have no effect against third parties, unless it has been published in the Official Gazette and duly entered in the relevant records of the Patent Office.

Patent Elapse and Invalidation

The patent title and rights shall lapse in any of the following cases:

The elapse of the protection period under the provisions of this law.

Issuance of a final judgement on the patent invalidation by the competent authority.

Non-payment of the annuity fees and any fine thereof after the elapse of 6 months of the due date.

PCT

Jordan become bound by the PCT on June 09, 2017. Accordingly all PCT applications that have been filed starting from that date can be nationalized in Jordan by the deadline of 30 months. Yet, for the time being the Jordanian Patent Office has not officially determined the filing requirements & fees and does not accept PCT entries until December 09, 2018.

Alternatively, the PCT applications can be filed as non-conventional patent within a grace period of 12 months starting from the first worldwide disclosure. 

Address:

General Administration Building, No. 26, Prince Shaker bin Zaid Street, Shmeisani, Amman

P.O. Box: 921100, Amman 11192, Jordan
Telephone: (00 962-6) 5100 900
Fax: (00 962-6) 5100 901
Email: jordan@agip.com
Contact: Amro Hattab (Mr)

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