Syria Patent Overview
Syria is a signatory to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and to the Madrid Agreement concerning the suppression of false statements of origin. Patents and trademarks can be registered with the Patent and Trademark Office.
Power of Attorney
Specifications, claims and drawings in English of French and Arabic
Assignment form from inventors legalized up to Syrian Consulate
Law No. 47 of 1946, amended by Legislative Decree No. 28 of 1980, provides that a patent is valid for a period of twenty years from the date of application, but an extension of its validity is possible. Renewal fees must be paid every year for the first five years and then consecutively for each five year period thereafter. Working of a patent within two years of its grant is compulsory, and working of a patent within three years of filing the application is compulsory in order to claim priority
Syria Trademark Overview
Legal basis is the Decree of October 9th, 1946 last amended October 7th, 1996. A new law, under No. 8 of 2007, was enacted in Syria for distinctive marks, geographical indications and industrial drawings and designs. The law entered into force on April 12, 2007 and its Implementing Regulations were issued on April 15th, 2007. The Syrian Arab Republic is a member of the Madrid Protocol.
Syria uses the Nice classification, 11th edition. A certificate of true origin of the product has to be submitted in case of trademark applications for many items in class 3 and for pharmaceutical products (class 5).
The applicant's particulars: name, address and nationality
Notarized and legalized power of attorney up to the Syrian Consulate
Classes and specification of goods/services
A copy of the trademark
A certified and legalized copy of priority application (if claimed))
A copy of the Home/Foreign Registration
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. It takes approximately 8-12 months from first filing to registration. After registration, the trademark is published in the Patent Office Gazette. The opposition period is 30 days from publication date of the application.
A trademark registration in Syria is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.