uscat – The Omani Ministry of Commerce and industry announced that it began accepting filing of patent applications in Oman effective December 17, 2005.
This filing became possible due to the issuance of the schedule of official charges for patent services rendered by the Ministry. The charges were issued by Ministerial Decision No. 91/2005 dated December 10, 2005 and were published in the Official Gazette No. 805 on December 17, 2005.
The schedule includes charges for the following services for both individuals and companies; filing of a patent application, providing a letters-patent, payment of patent annuities from (2nd- 20th), amendment of patent application, recording a charge of ownership or an assignment, obtaining a copy of the patent of the patent from the registrar, granting of a compulsory license, filing a petition, and publication in the Official Gazette.
The Omani Patent Law was issued in 2000 by Sultanic Decree No. 82/2000. The Implementing Regulations were issued by Ministerial Decision No. 73/2005 dated September 10, 2005 and were published in the Official Gazette No. 799 dated September 17, 2005.