On 3 May 2011, Qatar deposited its instrument of accession to the PCT, and on 3 August 2011 became a PCT contracting state.
Accordingly, it is possible to designate Qatar in any international patent application as of 3 August 2011.
However, the Qatari Patent Office will be ready to receive national phase applications in the middle of October 2011.
Qatar PCT filing requirements are:
- Power of Attorney legalized up to the Qatari Consulate.
- A certified copy of the commercial register or any equivalent document, in case the application is not in respect of individual applicant.
- Abstracts, specifications, drawings and claims with their Arabic translation (the translation may be filed within three months from the date of application).
- International application number and date.
Applications must be filed within 30 months from original/first priority date.
It is worth mentioning that the official fees and date of annuity will be decided later.
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