This is to advise that all filed PCT applications are subject to the payment of annuities retroactively.
The Head of the Intellectual Property Department in Oman has issued a Notice dated 21 October 2009, distributed on 28 October, directed to the Patent Agents, requesting them to settle all dues related to PCT annuities, as well as completing the missing documents in order to start the substantive examination.
All due annuities have to be paid within 2 months and before the end of 2009. The annuities are calculated from the filing date at the Omani Patent Office and the filing fees are included in the first annuity.
It is worth mentioning that the Intellectual Property Department is reviewing the official fees for patents, and it is expected to increase them at the beginning of next year. Therefore, it is suggested to settle all dues as early as possible to avoid payment of the higher rates.
Kindly note that we do not need any document to attend for payment of annuities even the application initially was not filed through us.