Given the recent trend in going paperless in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Kuwaiti Patent Office (KPO) announced that it will begin receiving and processing patent applications in electronic form as of May 19, 2021, via its online platform.

This development, which follows the recently announced examination, publication, and grant of several pending applications, is a clear indication of the KPO’s intention to secure national patents for local and foreign innovators with business and investment interests in Kuwait.

The recent update is also a recognition of the KPO’s continued investment in developing its patent system, following this year’s announcement that the regional GCC Patent Office stopped accepting new filings, upon which Kuwait was dependent.

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