MUSCAT – This is to advise that The Directorate of Intellectual Property at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Sultanate of Oman has declared a circular dated 21 September 2016 informing IP agents about the activating the substantive examination.
Accordingly, each applicant or its agent should submit a request for substantive examination with respect to applications formally accepted in the year 2013-2014 within two months from the date of the notification, i.e. 21 September 2016. Said request should be accompanied by a payment of the examination fees of OMR300 (equivalent to USD780) and a photocopy of the completed formalities, which includes the application form as submitted including any amendments to the specifications, description, abstract, claims, and drawings in Arabic and English languages, as well as a photocopy of the first page of the application for publication purposes.
Failure to submit said request on or before 21 November 2016, the patent application will be considered cancelled in accordance with article 9 (5) a and b of the Industrial Property Law no. 67/2008.
This comes as a result of the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Omani and the Egyptian Patent Offices, where the Egyptian Patent Office acts as the examining office for all pending and new patent applications filed in Oman.
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