Oman, in conjunction with the Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), operates a WIPO-compliant patent regime, which became operational in 2005. Further to this regime, patents in Oman must be registered with the GCC Patent Office, entitling the eligible patent owner to twenty years of exclusive use. Patent infringement in Oman carries criminal sanctions. International patent registration is possible through the Patent Cooperation Treaty to which Oman is a signatory.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is patentable subject matter in Oman?
What documents must be filed to apply for a patent in Oman and what does the patent process involve?
Who can apply for an Omani patent registration?
What registration fees are applicable for patent applications?
What about international patent applications in Oman?


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