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Applying for a patent

What are the criteria for patentability in your jurisdiction?

To qualify for a Gulf Cooperation Council patent, an invention must be new, involve an inventive step and be industrially applicable.

What are the limits on patentability?

The following are excluded from patentability:

  • discoveries, scientific theories, mathematical methods and computer programs;
  • schemes, rules and methods for doing business, performing purely mental acts or playing games;
  • plant varieties, animal species and biological methods for producing plants or animals;
  • surgical or therapeutic treatment methods for humans or animals; and
  • inventions that violate public order, including the protection of human, animal and plant life and health, or that cause serious damage to the environment. 

Are there restrictions on any other kinds of invention?

Inventions that conflict with Sharia law and public rules are excluded from patentability in Gulf Cooperation Council states. Alcoholic beverages and methods for producing them are examples of such inventions.

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