In Oman, patents are governed by the Intellectual Property Department under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
There are three ways in which a patent can be protected in Oman:
1. National Filing at the Oman Patent Office, 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.
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.
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: Annuities are paid on the anniversary of the national filing date for non-PCT applications. For PCT national phase applications, annuities are due on the anniversary of international filing date.
At the Time of Filing:
1. A copy of the specification in English and Arabic in MS word format including the Abstract, claims and drawings (if any).
2. 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).
Country of filing.
To be submitted within 90 Days of Filing:
1. A Power of Attorney executed by the applicant(s), duly notarized and legalized up to the Omani Consulate or authenticated by the Apostille.
2. Deed of Assignment (if applicable) executed by the inventor(s), assigning the patent rights to the applicant, duly notarized and legalized up to the Omani Consulate or authenticated by the Apostille.
3. An extract from the Commercial Register or from the Memorandum of Association, if the applicant is a company, duly legalized up to the Omani Consulate or authenticated by the Apostille. For Individual applicant, passport copy of the applicant is required.
4. A certified copy of the priority document(s) along with Arabic translation of the same. If the document(s) are not in English, a simple English translation of the same is also required.