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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 30 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO :  Yes (see ARIPO requirements for designating Sudan in an ARIPO application)
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or English specification, claims, abstract and drawings (required on the day of filing)
  • Abstract in Arabic (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, signed under Corporate Seal or notarised (no set deadline)
  • Assignment of Invention (no set deadline)
  • Certificate of Incorporation for non-PCT applications, legalised (no set deadline)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)
  • Certified priority document with verified English translation (can be filed within three months)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

Excess Fees:   None

Examination:   As to form only

Term of Patent:   20 years from the effective filing date

Renewals:   Payable annually from the first anniversary of the effective filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 1 887 000 km2
  • Population: 30.9 million
  • Capital: Khartoum
  • Currency: Sudanese Dinar
  • GDP:  $ 123.6 billion (2011)
  • Domain name extension: .sd
  • Languages: Arabic (official language), English
  • Exports: Cotton; sesame seed; meat; livestock; gum Arabi; sugar; oil and petroleum products
  • Imports:  Machinery and equipment; foodstuffs; manufactured goods; chemicals; textiles

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Madrid Agreement on Marks
  • Madrid Protocol on Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention