Recently, and after much deliberation, the Patent Office in Qatar issued the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law. The Implementing Regulations entered into force on July 5, 2018. The long-awaited Implementing Regulations are expected to pave the way to a clearer patent procurement process.

The Implementing Regulations confirm the present procedures in Qatar. As such, the filing requirements are a legalized power of attorney and a copy of the international publication, with the international search report—if it is published. The protection term is 20 years from the international filing date, and annuities must be paid on the anniversary of the international filing date and payable prior to grant. A grace period of six months for late payment is observed.

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