Patents: Kuwait

General Information

Currently, once an application is filed for the grant of a patent or an industrial model registration, the Kuwaiti Patent Registrar takes no further action. The Kuwaiti Patent Office has not yet started the process of examining, publishing and granting of patents and designs. All patents filed with the Kuwaiti Patent Office are practically in the application stage, although the relevant inventions are protected currently for 20 years as from the filing date.

Until the Kuwaiti Patent Office changes the present practice, all filed patent and design applications shall remain as documentary evidence of ownership and priority claim even in the absence of examination and issuance of certificates by the Patent Office. The usual actions of opposition, renewal, payment of annuities, working, and so forth (with the exception of the assignment of applications), are not applicable in Kuwait.

Kuwait is party to the (GCC) Gulf Cooperation Council Patent Office and protection can be achieved by filing a GCC patent application.

Novelty Requirements : None

Claiming priority : Priority application can be filed on reciprocal basis as Kuwait is not a member of Paris Convention.

Examination : None

Protection Period : 20 Years

Publication : None

Opposition : None

Annuity Payments : Not applicable

Grace period for Annuity payments : Not applicable

Working or nominal working of Patents/Inventions : Not applicable


Filing Requirements

Patent Filing Requirements

  1. A power of attorney legalized up to the Consulate of Kuwait. 
  2. An extract of the entry of the applicant in the commercial register or an official 
    copy of the memorandum or articles of association, if the applicant is a company 
    or a body corporate legalized up to the Kuwaiti Consulate. 
  3. The title of the invention. 
  4. A summary description of the invention. 
  5. The number and date of the corresponding foreign patent.
  6. The name, address, nationality and occupation of the applicant(s) and inventor(s). 
  7. Two copies of the specifications of the invention together with the Arabic translation.
  8. Two sets of the formal drawings bearing Arabic reference numerals 
  9. An assignment document from the inventor to the applicant legalized up to the 
    Kuwaiti Consulate.


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