Oman Patent Overview
Oman is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Patent Office. It is a regional office for the GCC, which comprises the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar and State of Kuwait. Certificates of patents granted by the Office secure legal protection of the inventor's rights in all member states.
Patent applications are filed as per Royal Decree No. 82/2000 Promulgating the Patent Law. As of October 26, 2001, Oman has been a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
Power of attorney legalized by the Omani Consulate.
Specification, claims, formal drawings, and abstract with Arabic translation.
A certificated copy of the certificate of incorporation
Detailed description of the invention in English and Arabic in writing showing the following:
Title of the invention
Disclosure of invention
Description of drawings
Detailed Description of the invention
Method of industrial application of invention.
There is 20 year protection from the filling date of the patent.
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Oman Trademark Overview
Oman has officially adopted the Gulf Cooperation Council Trademark Law as of Monday July 31, 2017. The decision, which was promulgated by Royal Decree no. 33 of 2017, was published in the Official Gazette on July 30, 2017. Oman is part of the Paris Convention, Berne, GCC Patent Office, and WIPO
A trademark application has to be filed before the Registrar at the Trademark Office in the Ministry of Commerce and Industries by a local agent. A power of attorney authenticated by an Oman consulate is necessary. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration. In lieu of a domestic registration a certified copy of the extract from the commercial register of the applicant is needed. If any priority is claimed, the supporting documents to be submitted to Ministry within 30 days.
Trademark Registration Process
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 180 working days from first filing to registration for a straight forward case. Before registration, the trademark application is published in the Gazette and in a local newspaper. The national opposition period is 90 days from the date of the publication in the Official Gazette.
Approximate process duration for straightforward cases: 12 months.
Registration is for a period of 10 years renewable for similar periods. A grace period of three months is allowed for renewal