The Intellectual Property Office in Qatar announced that filing fees, substantive examination fees, and accumulated annuities related to patent applications filed before January 12, 2015, must be paid by July 31, 2015, as reported in the March issue of the Saba IP Bulletin.

As for new patent applications, in addition to the filling fees, the IPO will collect the second annuity fees and, if due, the third annuity fees. The substantive examination fees must be settled within six month from the date of filing in Qatar.

Annuity fees for applications are payable for each one year period between the second and twentieth anniversaries of the date of filing of the international application for PCT applications. As for non-PCT applications, the annuity fees are due before the first day of each of the one-year periods they cover. A surcharge will be levied for late payment of annuity fees per year, provided that the payment is made within a grace period of six months.

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