The Qatari Patent Office (QPTO), based on the demand of the patent attorneys during the meeting held on 28 June 2015, has decided to extend the payment of filing and annuity fees until 30 September 2015. The said decision applies to applications filed after the commencement of operations of the QPTO from 1 November 2012 through 31 December 2014.
As you may know, on 3 May 2011, Qatar deposited its instrument of accession to the PCT, and on 3 August 2011 Qatar become a member of the PCT.
The QPTO started to receive patent applications beginning of November 2012, without collecting official fees due to the delay in issuing the fee regulations, which were not determined and effective until 12 January 2015.
As for applications filed on or after 1 January 2015, the filing fees must be paid along with the application, likewise, annuities must be timely paid in the required timeframe, which is calculated based on the international filing date.
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