P1: Can a patent search be conducted?
P2: Can a patent application be filed without its complete documents?
Yes, it may be submitted within three months maximum.
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?
Fifteen years as from the filing date.
P6: Is a secret form of filing a model/design permitted?
P7: Is there a novelty requirement? Is it local or worldwide?
Local and worldwide novelty are required.
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?
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 with Arabic translation.
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?
P14:What are the conditions that might lead to a compulsory license?
If no agreement is reached with the patent owner in respect of granting a license under reasonable conditions, a person who wishes to use the invention may submit an application to the court for granting him a license to use the invention according to conditions determined by the court.
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?