The Patent Office in Jordan recently issued a decision relating to the management of patent annuities.

For patent applications entered in Jordan via PCT on or after April 22, 2019, annuities due at the time of national filing will include the back annuities accumulated in the international stage. With this new practice, annuities will become due annually prior to grant with the international filing date as the base date.

As for applications filed in accordance to the Paris Convention, annuities may be paid annually while an application is pending (optional), where the base date is the national filing date.

With the adoption of these new maintenance regulations, the system becomes aligned with generally acceptable practices for patent filings made in Jordan via both the Convention and the PCT systems.

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