Documents that must be filed along with the application:
An English Specification of the Invention in A4 size paper and Formal Drawings, (if any) prepared strictly in the following order:
– The abstract (not exceeding one page);
– Background of the invention;
– Summary description of the invention;
– Brief description of the drawings, if any;
– Full description of the invention;
An Arabic translation of the entire text of the invention. Our team of in-house translators will prepare the necessary Arabic translation.
Documents that may be filed belatedly:
3. A Power of Attorney from the applicant.
4. An Assignment Deed signed by the inventors.
5. A Certified copy of the Priority document (together with English & Arabic translation), if the applicant is claiming priority on the basis of a foreign application.
The documents 3 & 4 above must be legalized up to the Saudi Arabian Consulate
The documents 3, 4 & 5 must be filed within 3 months from the date of filing.
6.General Information Required:
a. Name(s) and address (es) of the inventor(s);
b. A list of the home and/or foreign applications stating:
– Country of filing;
– Application number(s) and filing date(s);
– Publication number and date (if any);
– Class of the patent in accordance with the International Classification (if known).
2. National patent applications filed in Saudi Arabia are referred to Australian Patent Office for examination.
A maintenance fee is due annually on patents and is payable the first 3 months of each calendar year following the year the patent application was filed. There is a 3-month grace period for late payment with a surcharge.
Payment of annuities:
GCC Annuities in respect of National or GCC patent applications pending and registered are due for payment of annuity at the beginning of every year regardless of filing date. The payment must be effected between 1st January and 31 March of each year. A grace period of three (3) months is given with payment of double of the original prescribed fees.
National Applications; pursuant to the new provisions of the Saudi Patent Law effective as of 1 January 2005, annuities have to be paid for granted patents and pending applications at the beginning of each Gregorian year, starting from the year following the application’s filing date.
The said fees have to be paid within three (3) months from the beginning of the year, i.e., up to 31 March of each year.
However, if the applicant fails to do so, a grace period of three (3) months is given with payment of double of the original prescribed fees.
As for the pending applications, the annuity will be paid for one time for the year which is due for payment only i. e. there is no retroactive effect of the provision.