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Law of Patents, Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties, and Industrial Designs (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/27 of 29/5/1425H (July 17, 2004))

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Saudi Arabia

Year of current version:2004
Date of entry into force of original text:September 5, 2004
Date of Text (Enacted):July 17, 2004
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Industrial Designs, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Patents (Inventions), Plant Variety Protection
Notes:
The Law of Patents, Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties, and Industrial Designs ('the Law') was published in the Official Gazette (Um al-Qura) in August 7, 2004.

It contains 6 Chapters and 65 Articles: Chapter One (Articles 1-42) on General provisions, Chapter Two (Articles 43-48) on Special Provisions Governing Patents; Chapter Three (Articles 49-53) on Provisions Governing Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits; Chapter Four (Articles 54-58) on Provisions Governing the Protection of New Plant Varieties; Chapter Five (Articles 59-60) on Special Provisions Governing Industrial Designs; Chapter Six (Articles 61-65) on Concluding Provisions.

The Law aims to provide full protection for inventions, layout designs of integrated circuits, plant varieties and industrial designs within the Kingdom (Article 1). It indicates that the General Directorate of Patents at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology is the competent authority to apply this law and its regulations (Article 3). Pursuant to the Law, a patent can be issued for an invention, which may be a product or a process or either, if it is new, and can be used in industry (Article 43). It provides the formal and substantial conditions for filing an application for patent allowing the Directorate to issue the protection document (Chap. II). It indicates that patent can be granted to a plant variety if it is new, distinct and uniform (Article 54), and that certificates for layout designs can be granted to designs which are original (Article 59).

Article 65 states that the Law shall be effective after 30 days from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.
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Arabic

نظام براءات الاختراع والتصميمات التخطيطية للدارات المتكاملة والأصناف النباتية والنماذج الصناعية (الصادر بموجب المرسوم الملكي رقم م/27 بتاريخ 29/5/1425، موافق 17 يوليو 2004) نظام براءات الاختراع والتصميمات التخطيطية للدارات المتكاملة والأصناف النباتية والنماذج الصناعية (الصادر بموجب المرسوم الملكي رقم م/27  بتاريخ 29/5/1425، موافق 17 يوليو 2004), Complete document (pdf) [247 KB]

English

Law of Patents, Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties, and Industrial Designs (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/27 of 29/5/1425H (July 17, 2004)) Law of Patents, Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties, and Industrial Designs   (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/27 of 29/5/1425H (July 17, 2004)), Complete document (pdf) [200 KB] Law of Patents, Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties, and Industrial Designs   (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/27 of 29/5/1425H (July 17, 2004)), Complete document (htm) [138 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

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WIPO Lex No.:SA004

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