Procedures Applying when this Contracting Party is Designated
The Office does not republish international registrations or renewals.
The Office carries out a substantive examination on patentability conditions for novelty and originality.
Six months from the date of publication in the International Designs Bulletin (non-extendable).
|Time Limit for Responding to Refusal||
Two months from the date of receipt of the notification (extendable for up to a maximum of 12 months upon payment of the required fee).
|Effect as Grant of Protection||
The international registration has the effect as a grant of protection if no refusal has been issued, as from the international registration date. If a refusal (partial or total) has been issued and the refusal has been subsequently withdrawn, the international registration has the effect as a grant of protection as from the international registration date.
|Representation before the Office||
Foreign holders may not appear or file documents directly before the Office. Representation is required by a local patent attorney, registered with the Office. A list of patent attorneys may be obtained directly from the Office or at:
|Fees payable on division of the international registration||
Last updated on: February 28, 2013