GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL:
Includes the following countries viz. Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates.
One patent application for all member countries. Requirements for patent ability include novelty, innovation and industrial application. The patent should not conflict with Islamic laws or rule of conduct observed in the GCC countries. Paten table subject matter does not include: scientific discoveries and theories , mathematical formulae and computer programs, plant varieties, animal species or biological processes used for production of plants or animals with the exception of microbiological procedures and products of such procedures. Methods of treatment of human or animal body, surgical or medical.
A patent issued by GCC patent office is valid in all member states. Article (7) of the GCC patent regulations provide for a claim for priority if the GCC application is filed within 12 Gregorian months of the filing date of the first application. The term of patent is 20 years from filing date f the GC application. On cannot have a GCC patent and a patent of a member state. If one has to have a patent from a member state must relinquish that patent before a GCC patent can be issued.
Payment of publication fee. Request for examination. Payment of annuities during pendency of application. Annuities do not have to be paid through the agent of record. In the future it may be possible it may be possible to pay annuities directly to the Saudi patent office. Filing in Saudi Arabia or GCC standards of novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability are the same as those of the GCC. At the present the filing fees and grant fees are higher for a GCC application than for a Saudi application. At present, the annuities for years 1-12 are higher for GCC application than in Saudi Arabia.
The Taiwan intellectual property office has announced the founding of the intellectual property institute. This institute is made up of people from universities, government, attorneys, patent examiners ad judges. The purpose of the institute is to promote the quality of Taiwan; IP procurement and enforcement.