Jordan Patent Overview
Jordan become bound by the PCT on June 09, 2017. Accordingly all PCT applications that have been filed starting from that date can be nationalized in Jordan by the deadline of 30 months. Yet, for the time being the Jordanian Patent Office has not officially determined the filing requirements & fees and does not accept PCT entries until December 09, 2018.
Alternatively, the PCT applications can be filed as non-conventional patent within a grace period of 12 months starting from the first worldwide disclosure.
Once all formalities filed the application will be examined with respect to compliance with the formalities provided for under the patent law. Once the application is accepted, the bibliographic data of the subject application will be published in the official gazette, for opposition purposes. Within three months from publication, any interested party may file an opposition against the acceptance of the patent at the Patent Office.
The term of patent protection in Jordan is 20 years as from the filing date. The application is subject to the payment of the prescribed annuity fees starting from the filing year, due at the time of registration. Further annual maintenance fees are payable on each anniversary of the filing date of the application. There is a grace period of six months for late payment of these annual maintenance fees with penalty fees.
Jordan Trademark Overview
Jordan is a member of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property since July 17, 1972. The Ninth Edition of International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks under the Nice Agreement (Nice Classification) has been officially adopted in Jordan with effect from November 14, 2008, according to the Trademark Office at the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Once a trademark application is filed, it is examined as to its existence of prior rights. Trademark applications accepted by the Registrar are published in the Official Gazette. There is a 3-month period open for filing opposition by any party. An opposition to the registration of a trademark should be prosecuted before the Registrar by a lawyer within 3 months as of the date of publication.
A trademark registration according to the new law is valid for 10 years from the date of filing the application or from the priority date renewable for periods of 10 years each. Trademarks that have already been filed or registered before December 1, 1999, will remain valid according to the old law (7 or 14 years); they shall be renewed every 10 years. The new trademark law provides for a one-year period for the late renewal of a trademark. If a trademark registration is not renewed within the grace period as of the date of expiration, it will be canceled automatically.