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Oman Activates Payment of Patent Annuity Renewal Fees

07-Jun-2011 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 6631

MUSCAT - Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) announced in a press release that the General Directorate of Commerce at the Omani Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a notification stipulating the implementation of patent annuity fees payment regarding patent application renewals in accordance with Article 12 of the Industrial Property Law No. 67/2008 effective July 2011.

In conformity with the abovementioned Article, the annuity fees should be paid during and no later than the last day of protection. Failure to comply with this regulation will lead the case in question to be subjected to a $130 penalty fee if the same was paid during the subsequent six months of the protection date.

Article No. 12 stipulates as follows:

The fees assigned for a patent shall be paid in an ascending order one year after the filing date in order to preserve the right in the patent itself or the patent application. A grace period of six months shall be granted for late payment, otherwise the patent application shall be considered null and void.

In case the assigned fees have been paid within six months from the maturity date, a fine amounting to OR 50 shall be collected. In case payment of the assigned fees has been effected in advance, such fine shall not be applicable.

The second paragraph of the above article is being currently activated. It reads as follows:

The Registrar may reinstate the lapsed patents at any time before the lapse of one year from the date of the payment period, if there is a justification for non-payment of the assigned fees and such act shall not cause any damages to the rights of others that might have arisen during said period.

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