Patent & PCT National Phase Applications
Morocco patents require absolute novelty and a substantive examination should be requested when filing your patent application. The payment of annual renewal fees from the 3rd anniversary of the filing date will keep your patent in force for a maximum period of 20 years. Morocco is a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the Paris Convention. Applicants who do not have their domicile or head office in Morocco must elect an agent (registered patent attorney) in Morocco to perform the patent protection on their behalf. Inventions shall be protected by the following industrial property titles:
1. Patents, granted protection from the patent application filing date;
2. Certificates of Addition, being accessory titles for inventions of which the subject matter is related to at least one of the claims in a main patent, and granted for a term beginning with the filing date of the relevant application and expiring on the expiry date of the main patent to which they are related.
Smit & Van Wyk is an Intellectual Property law firm in Africa which specialise in Morocco patents, PCT applications and industrial designs. We work with a network of trusted and knowledgeable agents to develop the best possible solution to each of our clients’ Intellectual Property needs in Africa. Our dedicated team of patent attorneys provide a wide range of patent-related services across multiple industries and fields of technologies, including:
- Preparing and prosecuting patent and PCT applications.
- Advising on the patentability of inventions.
- Helping clients license, franchise or assign their rights.
- Conducting patent searches.
- Handling the payment of maintenance fees.
- Recording amendments to a patent.
- Translating patent specifications into local languages.
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Morocco Trademarks – Morocco is a First to Use country and whomever first uses the mark gets the rights. Morocco trademarks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and renewable for further periods of 10 years. Morocco is a member of the Madrid Protocol which…
Morocco Patents – The term for entering PCT national phase in Morocco is 31 months from the priority date. and the restoration of this term is not possible. The payment of annual renewal fees from the 3rd anniversary of the filing date will keep your patent in force for a maximum period of 20 years…
Validation of European patents in Morocco – The system for validating European patents in Morocco introduced under the validation agreement between the European Patent Organisation and the government of the Kingdom of Morocco provides European patent applicants with a simple and cost-effective way of obtaining patent protection in Morocco…
As of March 2015 it is possible to validate European patents in Morocco. The system for validating European patents in Morocco introduced under the validation agreement between the European Patent Organisation and the government of the Kingdom of Morocco provides European patent applicants with a simple and cost-effective way of obtaining patent protection in Morocco. At the applicant’s request, and on payment of the prescribed fee, direct applications 0r PCT applications in Europe can be validated in Morocco, where they will have the same effects as national applications and patents. The validation procedure is not based on direct application of the EPC but is governed solely by national law.
Read more about European patents in Morocco.
PCT National Phase Applications
Morocco is a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The PCT National Phase entries provide a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect intellectual property in each of the PCT contracting states.
The term for entering PCT national phase in Morocco is 31 months from the priority date. and the restoration of this term is not possible. French or Arabic translation of claims, specification, abstract and drawings must be submitted within 3 months of filing a patent or PCT application.
Morocco is a member of the Paris Convention where each contracting state must grant the same IP protection to nationals of other contracting states, and provides for the right of priority in the case of patents, trade marks and designs. The Paris Convention is an international agreement which helps creators ensure that their intellectual property is protected in other countries. It applies to IP in the widest sense as it covers patents, trade marks and industrial designs to name a few.