The Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office (GCC Patent Office)
As we know Patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention. Patent protection is territorial i.e. country specific. Patents have limited duration (20 years) and it consists of limits of scope.
As regards the UAE is concerned it is covered under the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which also covers IPR Protection in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar and State of Kuwait.
The Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office (GCC Patent Office) is a unified patent office that serves as a convention patent office for the states of the Gulf namely, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. The GCC Patent Office became operational in 1998. Saudi Arabia is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. A patent issued by the GCC Patent Office is valid and enforceable in all GCC States.
Under GCC Patent Law, it is possible to claim priority from an earlier foreign application. As compared with the Saudi Patent Office the examination process is much faster in the GCC Patent Office. Moreover, the GCC Patent Office has the following advantages:
- Filing a GCC Patent application will be more cost-effective than filing six separate national applications. Therefore, by filing one application at the GCC Patent Office, protection is granted in all GCC States at a reduced cost.
- A Patent granted by the GCC Patent Office is valid and enforceable in all GCC States (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and U.A.E)
- The term of protection under GCC Patent Law is 20 years counted from the date of filing the patent application with the GCC Patent Office as opposed to 15 years as far as the other national patent laws are concerned.
- Duplication of registration is possible. It is possible to file a patent application in one or more of the GCC States and at the same time seek convention protection by filing at the GCC Patent Office.
- Compulsory Licensing under GCC Patent Law is now subjected to detailed conditions in conformity with the provision of the Trips Agreement.
- Importation of a patented product into GCC States will be considered as full exploitation of the invention.
- The GCC is taking the necessary steps to join Paris and PCT treaties in the near future.
- The Examination of applications is carried out by an Austrian and Australian Patent Offices.If you have any further inquiry please let us know. Assuring you our best and prompt services, we remain.
Smita Choudhary, IP (Patent & Trademark Associate), Mobile: +971 50 919 8805, Email: email@example.com