Persian Gulf

Patents in the Gulf Cooperation Council

Protectia has the experience and the professionals to advise, prepare and manage the protection of inventions in the Persian Gulf environment.

Cooperation Council

The Gulf Cooperation Council has the function of strengthening the integration and interconnection between its member countries in order to create a single system that coordinates all economic, social and cultural policies, including Industrial Property legislation.

As a result of this intention, the Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf was created to unify the criteria for processing patents from filing to grant.

Countries adhered to the Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Treaty

The following 6 countries currently belong to this treaty: Bahrain, Kuwait, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Characteristics of patents in the Gulf Cooperation Council:

  • single application is valid for prosecution in all 6 member countries.
  • No country designation is therefore required, which reduces costs.
  • It is processed in a single language which is Arabic.

Patent prosecution in the Gulf Cooperation Council:

  • Directly at the Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC).
  • On the basis of the earlier application, that is, within the 12-month international priority period.
  • Application.
  • Formal Examination.
  • Novelty Examination.
  • Grant: if there are no objections áxim objections have been overcome.
  • Publication.
  • Opposition period for third parties.

Patents in the GCC have a máximum duration of 20 years, and are subject to the payment of maintenance annuities within the first 3 months of the anniversary year of the filing.

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