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GOVERNING BODY:


In Kuwait, patents are governed by the ‘Trademarks and Patents Department’ under the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

FILING OPTIONS:


There are three ways in which a patent can be obtained in Kuwait:

1. National Filing: Within 12 months claiming the priority of first application (Paris Convention).
2. National Phase Entry of PCT application: Within 30 months from the priority date or 18 months from the international PCT application's filing date.
3. Through the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Patent Office as a GCC Patent, within 12 months from the priority date.

Certificates of Patents granted by the GCC Patent Office secure legal protection of the inventor's rights in all the member states, namely, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.

OTHER INFO:


PCT National Phase: Acceptable within 30 months from date of initial filing.
Priority Term: Within 12 months from the priority filing date.
Protection period: 20 years from the date of filing the application or from international filing date for the national phase entry of PCT applications.
Annual fees: Due at the beginning of each calendar year after filing and payable within 3 months (1st January to 31st March). Annuities of PCT National Phase applications are calculated from the filing date of PCT application..

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:



At the Time of Filing:

1. Specification in English in MS word format including the Abstract, claims and drawings (if any).
2. Simply signed POA from the applicant(s).
3. General Information Required:
    i.   Name and address of the applicant(s).
    ii.  Name and address of the inventor(s).
    iii. Details of the Priority Application(s).
          Filing date.
          Application number.
          Country of filing.

To be submitted within 90 Days of Filing:

1. Arabic translation of the Specification including the Abstract, claims and drawings (if any).
2. A Power of Attorney executed by the applicant(s), duly notarized and legalized up to the Kuwaiti Consulate.
3. Deed of Assignment (if applicable) executed by the inventor(s), assigning the patent rights to the applicant, duly notarized and legalized up to the Kuwaiti Consulate.
4. An extract from the Commercial Register or from the Memorandum of Association, if the applicant is a company, duly legalized up to the Kuwaiti Consulate.
5. A certified copy of the priority document(s) along with Arabic translation of the first page.