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Morocco

  • International Country Code:

    MA
  • Time Zone:

    UTC/GMT +00:00
  • Currency:

    Moroccan Dirham (MAD)

Moroccan PCT national phase entry

Morocco
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Total Number of Claims/PCT
Number of Priorities
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  • Patent fees

Fees associated with Moroccan PCT national phase entry as well as other patent fees are available in the fee calculator.

  • Deadline for the PCT national phase entry in Morocco

The term for entering national phase of PCT in Morocco is 31 months from the priority date. The restoration of this term is not possible.

  • Minimum of filing documents in Morocco

To obtain the date of filing the patent application in Morocco must contain at least request to grant a patent, mentioning the title of the invention, and the proof of payment of the filing fees.

  • Language of the Moroccan patent application

The official language of patent registration in Morocco is French. It is possible to file an application in any other language. The translation should be filed within three months.

  • Priority document

Priority document translated into French must be submitted to the Patent Office within three months from the date of filing the patent application in Morocco.

  • Power of Attorney requirements

Simply signed Power of Attorney must be filed within two months from filing the Moroccan patent application.

  • Substantive examination

Substantive examination should be requested simultaneously with Moroccan PCT national phase entry.

  • Grace period

The novelty grace period is stipulated for patent applications in Morocco. It constitutes 12 months before the filing date.

  • Grant and maintenance fees

The fees for the patent maintenance shall be paid in the years following the year in which the patent was issued. The first annuity is included in the filing fee.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

Natural persons or legal entities who/which do not have their domicile or head office in Morocco must elect an agent, a registered patent attorney in Morocco to perform the patent protection on his/their behalf.

  • Notes

1. Online Search databases: Moroccan Regional Patents, European Patents (EPO).
2. As of March 1, 2015, it is possible to protect inventions in Morocco via entering the European regional stage and its further validation in Morocco.
3. Protection of the invention as utility model is not possible in Morocco.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by NJQ & Associates on 02.01.2019 
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with Moroccan IP Laws.

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