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Gulf Cooperation Council not accepting new patent applications after January 6th, 2021

Quote: "The Supreme Council approved the amended Patent Law (Regulation) for the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf." Previously, patent applicants can file one Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to cover its members: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, which is cost effective if you are planning to enter these member countries.

As of January 6th, 2021, the GCC Patent office has stopped accepting the filing of new patent applications through GCC. Any patent applicants who wants to enter these countries have to file the patent individually into those countries through the Paris Convention or PCT.

Let us know if you would like to know the strategies in protecting your intellectual property in the Middle East countries.

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