KUWAIT CITY – The Patent Office of Kuwait started accepting Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications and entering into the national phase on 27 March 2018.
The PCT came into force in Kuwait on 9 September 2016, after after it acceded to the treaty of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and Kuwait will automatically be designated on all PCT applications as of that date.
The applicable time limit for national phase entry is 30 months from the earliest priority, or 18 months from the international PCT-application filing date.
Since the Patent Office of Kuwait has stopped receiving any patent applications since 4 April 2016, however, it remains unclear the affect on international filings and national phase entries.
We note that Kuwait is the 149th member of the PCT and the sixth and final Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member state to accede to the PCT.
Further developments will be reported in due course. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions or need more information, please contact us at [email protected].