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Kuwait

  • International Country Code:

    KW
  • Time Zone:

    UTC/GMT +03:00
  • Currency:

    Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD)

Patent in Kuwait

Kuwait
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  • Patent fees

Fees associated with filing patent applications in Kuwait as well as other patent fees are available in the fee calculator.

  • Term for filing a patent application in Kuwait

The term for filing a conventional patent application claiming priority in Kuwait is 12 months from the priority date.

  • Filing requirements in Kuwait

The official language of the proceedings before the Kuwaiti Patent Office is Arabic. However, it is possible to file the specification and abstract in English and submit the translation thereof into Arabic within 3 months from the filing date. 

To obtain the filing date for a patent application in Kuwait, it is necessary to submit:

description, claims, drawings and abstract in English;
a copy of the simply signed Power of Attorney.

The original of a certified copy of the Priority Document must be filed within 3 months from the filing date.

The original Power of Attorney legalised up to the Kuwaiti Consulate must be filed within 3 months from the filing date.

The legalised up to the Kuwaiti Consulate Certificate of Incorporation or an extract from the commercial register must be filed within 3 months from the filing date. Only required if the applicant is a legal entity.

If the applicant is not the inventor, the legalised up to the Kuwaiti Consulate original of the Assignment Deed must be submitted within 3 months from the filing date.

  • Examination of a Kuwaiti patent application

As of now, the Patent Office of Kuwait does not conduct examination of patent applications. However, applications filed in Kuwait are officially considered as evidence of ownership and priority and will be valid when the examination commences.

  • Novelty grace period

No novelty grace period is stipulated in Kuwaiti legislation.

  • Grant, validity term and maintenance fees

The validity term of a patent in Kuwait is 20 years from the filing date. In view of the current situation, when patent applications are not examined by the office, applications are not published and no letters patents are issued. Therefore, the term for a grant fee payment is not set.

  • Duration of registration procedure

Since applications are not examined, published and granted, the duration of registration procedure has not been established yet.

  • Utility Model

Currently, the Kuwaiti Patent Office is not accepting utility model applications.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

For foreign applicants, it is necessary to appoint a local representative for performing patent prosecution in Kuwait.

  • Notes

1. There are no online databases for patent search in Kuwait.
2. Kuwait is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), therefore, patent protection in Kuwait can be obtained via GCC patent.

The above information was verified on 15.06.2020
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with Kuwaiti IP Laws

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