Following a list of decisions issued by the GCC Supreme Council during its 41st meeting on January 5, 2021, the amended GCC Patent Law (Regulation) was approved. In a statement made on its official website, the GCC Patent Office (GCCPO) announced that it is not accepting new patent filings. Meanwhile, filing via the Paris Convention or PCT in each of the six GCC member states is an available alternative.

The GCCPO will continue to process pending applications and to accept the payment of annuities on pending and granted applications. Further information on this matter will follow once the same is published and more detail is made available by the authorities concerned.

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