FAQ

P1: Can a patent search be conducted?
Yes.

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?
Yes.

P4: Can a registration be obtained for pharmaceutical products?
No.

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?
No.

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?
Yes.

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?
No.

P11: Could annuity payments be made before the granting of the patent?
No.

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?
Not required.

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?
No.

P16: Does the Patent Law provide for licenses or registered users?
Yes.

P17: Does the Patents Office publish the patent applications in the Official Gazette?
No.

Address:

Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property Hadda Area, Diplomatic Zone

P.O. Box: 2055, Sana’a Republic of Yemen
Telephone: +967 1 453333
Fax: +967 1 453334
Email: yemen@agip.com
Contact: Aatef Abdul-Moula (Mr)