INFORMATION BRIEF

General Information on Patents

COUNTRY PRIORITY NOVELTY OPPOSITION PERIOD EXAMINATION PROTECTION TERM COMPULSORY LICENSE
Algeria Yes Absolute No provisions As to form only 20 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date
Bahrain Yes Relative Within 60 days from publication date As to form, novelty and industrial applicability 20 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant
Cyprus Yes Absolute No provisions As to form only 20 years from filing date with an extension of 5 years for patents related to medicinal and pharmaceutical products Within 4 years from the date of grant
Egypt Yes Absolute Within 60 days from publication date As to form, novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability 20 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant
Ethiopia No Relative Within 60 days from publication date As to form, novelty, and industrial applicability 15 years from filing date and can be extended for a further period of 5 years if proof is furnished that the invention is properly worked in Ethiopia Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date
Gaza No Absolute Within 2 months from publication date As to form and patentability 16 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant
India Yes Absolute Within 1 year from publication date As to novelty, form, and industrial applicability 20 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date
Iran Yes Absolute At any time after grant of the patent No examination 20 years from filing date Within 5 years from the date of grant
Iraq Yes Absolute At any time after grant of the patent As to form, novelty and industrial applicability 20 years from filing date; Patents granted for inventions relating to drugs, and pharmaceutical compounds shall be valid for a period of 10 years, renewable for two periods of 5 years each Within 3 years from the date of grant
Jordan Yes Relative Within 3 months from publication date As to form, novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability 20 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date, whichever period lapses later
Kuwait Yes Local No provisions No examination 20 years from filing date Not granted
Lebanon Yes Absolute Oppositions to any granted patent may be filed before the Court As to form only 20 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant
Libya Yes Local Within 2 months from publication date As to form only 15 years from filing date renewable for a further period of 5 years; Patents connected with food-stuffs or drugs or pharmaceutical compositions shall be valid for a period of 10 years Within 3 years from the date of grant
Morocco Yes Absolute No provisions As to form and to patentability 20 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date
Oman Yes Absolute Within 120 days from publication date As to form and novelty 20 years from date of grant Within 3 years from the date of grant
Pakistan Yes Relative Within 4 months from publication date As to form and industrial applicability 20 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date
Qatar Yes Absolute Within 2 months from grant date As to form 20 years from filing date Within 3 years from date of grant
Saudi Arabia Yes Relative Within 90 days from publication date As to form, novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability 20 calendar years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date
Sudan Yes Absolute No provisions As to form only 20 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date
Syria Yes Absolute Within 6 months from the publication date As to form, novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability 15 years from filing date for patent granted according to the old law Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date, whichever period lapses later
Tunisia Yes Relative Within 2 months from publication date As to form, novelty and industrial applicability 20 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant or 4 years from the filing date
Turkey Yes Relative Within 6 months from grant As to form, novelty, inventiveness, and industrial applicability 20 years for independent patents and 10 years for utility patents Within 3 years following the publication date of the patent
United Arab Emirates Yes Absolute Within 60 days from publication date As to form, novelty, inventiveness and industrial applicability 20 years from filing date Within 3 years after grant
West Bank No Absolute Within 2 months from publication date As to form and patentability 16 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant
Yemen Yes Relative Within 90 days from publication date As to form and novelty 20 years from filing date Within 3 years from the date of grant