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The Patents Ordinance, 2000 deals with the mechanism of Patent protection in Pakistan.
Process Patent and Product Patent are the two types of Patent protection in Pakistan.
In Pakistan, any invention which satisfies the conditions of originality, novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability, subjects to Patentability.
The following are the types of Patent Applications in Pakistan: Non-Convention Application Convention Application Divisional Application Patent of Addition
The Patent of invention lasts for 20 years in Pakistan.
The following information and documents are required to file the Patent application in Pakistan: Power of Attorney Priority Document with required translation The applicant’s name and address and nationality Provisional specification or complete specification with description, claims, abstract and drawings. Incorporate Certificate, with required translation Home/Foreign Registration Certificate, with required translation Copy of inventor’s passport International Search Report(ISR), in case of PCT International Preliminary Examination Report(IPER), in case of PCT
The time frame for examination is 12 months approximately from the date of application.
The time frame for publication is 1 month approximately from the date of acceptance.
In Pakistan, an opposition against a Patent application can be raised at the pre-grant stage within 4 months approximately from the date of publication.
The following are the permissible amendments: Clarifying the invention without resulting in varying the scope of invention. Substantial amendments to claims. Substantial amendments to descriptions.
There is no priority date for payment of Annuities.
The documents required are as follows:
1. CHANGE OF NAME/LEGAL FORM/ADDRESS Certified copy of extract from the Registrar of Companies with required translation Power of Attorney.
2. ASSIGNMENT: Deed of Assignment Power of Attorney.
3. MERGER: Deed of Merger Power of Attorney.
4. LICENSE: License Agreement Power of Attorney.
In Pakistan, it takes around 4-5 years approximately for a Patent to be granted.