11 July 2016
Kuwait City
Reporter: Mark Dugdale
Kuwait accedes to the PCT
Kuwait has become the 149th member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) after signing off on its accession legislation last month.

The jurisdiction is also the sixth Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member state to accede to the PCT, which will become effective on 9 September.

With Kuwait’s accession confirmed, all GCC states, which also includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman, are now PCT members, meaning that the GCC Patent Office can itself accede in the future, according to Saba IP.

This news is timely because the Kuwaiti Patent Office has ceased accepting new patent applications, according to Saba IP, and is asking interested applicants to seek protection through the GCC Patent Office, where applications are automatically designated in all six member states.

Although Saba IP added in its client note: “It is not yet possible to designate the GCC in PCT international applications or to enter the national (regional) stage via the GCC Patent Office for a PCT international application.”

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