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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 31 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO:  No
  • OAPI:  No
  • Other:  Validation of European application in Morocco (only available where the PCT application was filed after 31 March 2015)

Filing Requirements:

Patents of Invention (non-PCT)

  • Specification, claims, abstract and drawings (required on day of filing)
  • French or Arabic translation of specification, claims, abstract and drawings (can be filed within 3 months)
  • Power of Attorney, notarised (can be filed within 3 months)
  • Assignment of Priority rights, notarised (can be late filed)
  • Certified priority document with verified French Translation thereof (if not lodged in the international phase) (can be filed within 3 months)
  • International Patent Classification (can be late filed)

PCT National phase application

  • Published PCT application or specification, abstract and drawings if non-PCT (required on the day of filing)
  • French or Arabic translation of specification, claims, abstract and drawings (can be filed within 3 months of filing)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Examination Report (no set deadline)
  • Power of Attorney, notarised (can be filed within 3 months)
  • Assignment of Priority rights, notarised (can be late filed)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

Patentability:   Methods of medical treatment, surgery or diagnosis are not patentable

Excess Fees:   Excess fees are payable for more than 10 claims, payable at the time of filing

Examination:   Substantive examination must be requested at the time of filing the application

Term of Patent:   20 years from the effective filing date

Renewals:   Payable annually in advance from the first anniversary of the effective filing date (but only due after grant)

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 446 500 km2
  • Population: 31.6 million
  • Capital: Rabat
  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham
  • GDP:  $ 153.8 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .ma
  • Languages: Arabic (official language), French, Spanish, Berber
  • Exports: Food and beverages; semi-processed goods; consumer goods; phosphates; crude minerals
  • Imports: Gas and electricity; crude petroleum; textile fabric; telecommunication equipment; wheat; transistors; plastic

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Hague Agreement on Designs
  • Madrid Agreement on Source of Goods
  • Madrid Agreement on Marks
  • Madrid Protocol on Marks
  • Nice Agreement on Classification of Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • Trade Mark Law Treaty
  • WIPO Convention
  • WIPO Copyright Treaty
  • WTO/TRIPS
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