DUBAI – The Ministry of Economy has launched a training session in Dubai on 21 June 2016 to show IP agents how to use the online patents and designs system to file new applications.
The session was opened by the Director of the Department of Industrial Property in Dubai, Mr. Khalfan Ahmad Alsweedi. The online system is still on trial for improvements and the Ministry is open to receive any comments made by users.
The online system was first launched on 23 June 2016, and the Ministry is planning to expand said system to allow payments of annuity fees for both patents and designs at the beginning of next year.
The main points of the new system are:
- The application effective date will be the date official fees are paid; the application will be canceled if the official fees are not paid within 30 days from the date of submission;
- It is possible to make amendments to the application before the payment of the official fees, after payment no changes are possible;
- All files can be submitted online, further submitting of any documents after submission of the application online have to be done physically;
- Filing numbers of new patent applications must conform to the following sequence P6000001/2016 and for industrial designs D6000001/2016;
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