RIYADH – This is to advise that Saudi Arabia has become a member state of the PCT after the Saudi Arabia Patent Office (SAPO) deposited the instrument of accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty on 3 May 2013.
Accordingly, it will be possible to file PCT National Phase applications in Saudi Arabia as of 3 August 2013. We note that the SAPO will not accept any National Phase filings from any PCT applications filed before 3 May 2013, the date that Saudi Arabia joined the PCT. Any such filings will not be considered valid.
Once the Treaty enters into force, Saudi Arabia will then be bound by the agreement terms, and the nationals or residents of Saudi Arabia will be able to file PCT Applications. National phase applications must be filed within 30 months of the PCT application date.
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