QATAR – PCT National Phase Fees Must include Annuity Fees as of the Int’l Filing Date

The Intellectual Property Office in Qatar issued notification stating that Annuity fees must be paid along with the filing fees for all new Patent Applications filed under the PCT. Annuities will be calculated as of the International filing date and not the actual filing date in Qatar. Thus, if the International filing date precedes the national filing date by a year or two, the 2nd and 3rd annuities must be paid along with the national filing fees in Qatar.


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