Patents: Sudan

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention & PCT

Novelty Requirements : Yes

Claiming priority : Yes

Examination : Patents are examined as to formalities only

Protection Period : 20 Years as of filing date

Publication : Yes – in the Official Gazette but only for National applications and not PCT applications.

Annuity Payments : Annually

Grace period for Annuity payments : 6 months with payment of fines

Compulsory Licensing : If the owner of a patented invention in Sudan does not satisfy the stipulated working requirements of the country within four years from the date of filing or three years from the date of grant, then the patent will be subject to compulsory licensing.

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

 

Filing Requirements

Patent Filing Requirements

  1. A simply signed power of attorney.
  2. A certified copy of the certificate of incorporation of the applicant company and its articles of incorporation duly legalized up to the Sudanese Consulate. 
  3. Two copies of the patent specification and claims. An Arabic translation of the abstract of the invention only is required.
  4. Two sets of the formal drawings, if any.
  5. A priority document if priority is to be claimed.

PCT National Phase Requirements

These documents/information is required in addition to the above:

  1. PCT filing number and date.
  2. Particulars of the application on the basis of which priority is claimed.
  3. International publication number and date.
  4. A certified copy of the PCT application.
  5. A copy of the relative international publication and search report, if any.

 

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