Patents: Morocco

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention & PCT

Novelty Requirements : Absolute Novelty is stipulated

Claiming priority : Yes

Examination : As to formalities no substantive examination

Protection Period : 20 Years as of filing date

Publication : Yes – in the Official Gazette

Annuity Payments : Every 5 years

Grace period for Annuity payments : 6 months as of expiration date with fines.

Compulsory Licensing : A patent of invention may be subject to compulsory licensing if not used or worked out within a period of three years as of grant or four years as of filing

Working or nominal working of Patents/Inventions : Yes – required by Law.


Filing Requirements

Patent Filing Requirements

  1. A Power of attorney simply signed.
  2. Three copies of the specifications, claims and drawings in French and Arabic. 
  3. A Certified copy of the priority document if priority is to be claimed.

PCT National Phase Requirements

  1. A Deed of assignment duly executed by the inventor(s).
  2. International Application Form.
  3. International Search Report.
  4. PCT Demand.
  5. PCT Preliminary Examination Report.
  6. A Certified copy of the priority document.
  7. Specifications, claims, abstract and drawings in Arabic and French.
  8. A Power of attorney simply signed by the applicant. 
  9. International Publication Sheet.

Assignment Recordal Requirements

  1. A Power of attorney simply signed by the assignee.
  2. A Deed of assignment executed by both parties.

License Recordal Requirements

  1. A power of attorney simply signed by the licensee.
  2. License agreement executed by both parties.


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