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WIPO - PCT Applicant's Guide OM - Oman
National Intellectual Property Office (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion) (Oman)

Useful information

The PCT Applicant’s Guide is updated almost every week with information received by the International Bureau.
In case of question, please contact the Office or the International Bureau (pct.guide@wipo.int).
List of abbreviations used in this document:
Office: National Intellectual Property Office (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion) (Oman)
IPRL: Industrial Property Rights Law (promulgated by Royal Decree No. 67/2008)
IPRR: Regulation No. 105/2008 under the Law on Industrial Property Rights and their enforcement for the Sultanate of Oman
List of currencies used in this document:
OMR (Omani rial), USD (US dollar)
Countries and Offices information:
The list of acronyms used for Offices is no longer shown as it has been integrated in the mouseover functionality for each ST.3 code shown in this document.
Refer to List of WIPO Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines formerly Annex K, List of country names and two-letter codes. It includes a list of short names and two-letter codes accepted for use in indicating States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations and their Offices in documents relating to international applications under the PCT. The list is as set out in WIPO Standard ST.3.
Also refer to PCT Contracting States formerly Annex A.
Office profile
For more technical information about the Office, refer to ePCT Office profile.
PCT Reservations, Declarations, Notifications and Incompatibilities
Article 64(5)
Refer to the full list.
Office Closed dates
The Office is closed weekly on Friday and Saturday
Additional closed dates can be consulted on the Office Closed dates page

International Phase

Annex B - Information on Contracting States or Intergovernmental Organization

Contracting State:
Oman
Two-letter code:
OM
Oman - National Intellectual Property Office (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion) (Oman)
Name of Office:
National Intellectual Property Office (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion) (Oman)
Location:
Way 3505
Ruwi 112
Muscat
Oman
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 550
Muscat
Oman
Telephone:
(968) 2477 4126
E-mail:
paof@tejarah.gov.om
Facsimile:
(968) 2481 2030
Does the Office accept the filing of documents by facsimile or the like means (PCT Rule 92.4)?
No
Would the Office accept evidence of mailing a document, in case of loss or delay, where a delivery service other than the postal authorities is used (PCT Rule 82.1)?
Yes
Is the Office prepared to allow applicants to make applications available to the WIPO Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS) (PCT Rule 17.1(b-bis)?
No
Competent receiving Office(s) for international applications filed by nationals or residents of this State:
IB
International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - International Bureau of WIPO
OM
Oman - National Intellectual Property Office (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion) (Oman)
Does national legislation restrict the filing of international applications with foreign Offices?
Refer to the Office
Competent designated (or elected) Office(s) for this State:
Refer to corresponding National Phase.
OM
Oman - National Intellectual Property Office (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion) (Oman)
Types of protection available via the PCT:
Patents
Utility models
Availability under the national law for an international-type search (PCT Article 15):
None
Provisional protection after international publication:
None
Information of interest if this Contracting State is designated (or elected)
Time when the name and address of the inventor must be given:
Must be in the request. If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit fixed in the invitation.
Are there special provisions concerning the deposit of microorganisms and other biological material?
Yes, refer to Annex L.

Annex C - Receiving Office

Competent receiving Office for nationals and residents of:
Oman
Language in which international applications may be filed:
If the language in which the international application is filed is not accepted by the International Searching Authority (refer to Annex D), the applicant will have to furnish a translation (PCT Rule 12.3).
Arabic
English
Language accepted for language-dependent free text in the sequence listing:
The Office has not specifically notified the International Bureau of the language that it accepts under PCT Rule 12.1(d).
Same as above
Language in which the request may be filed:
Arabic
English
Number of copies required by the receiving Office if application filed on paper:
1
Does the receiving Office accept the filing of international applications in electronic form?
Yes, the Office accepts electronic filing via ePCT-Filing
For the relevant notification by the Office, refer to the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) dated 2 June 2016, pages 107 et seq.
Where the international application is filed in electronic form in accordance with and to the extent provided for in Part 7 and Annex F of the Administrative Instructions, the total amount of the international filing fee is reduced (refer to “Fees payable to the receiving Office”).
Where the international application contains a sequence listing as a separate part of the description, this must be furnished in accordance with Annex C of the Administrative Instructions, that is, in compliance with WIPO Standard ST.26 XML format; no fees are due for sequence listings filed in this format. If the receiving Office does not accept international applications in electronic form in such format, the international application will be transmitted to the International Bureau as receiving Office (PCT Rule 19.4(a)(ii-bis)).
Does the receiving Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 26bis.3)?
Yes, the Office applies both the “unintentional” and the “due care” criteria to such requests
Competent International Searching Authority:
AT
Austria - Austrian Patent Office
AU
Australia - Australian Patent Office
EG
Egypt - Egyptian Patent Office
EP
European Patent Organisation - European Patent Office (EPO)
US
United States of America - United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Competent International Preliminary Examining Authority:
AT
Austria - Austrian Patent Office
AU
Australia - Australian Patent Office
EG
Egypt - Egyptian Patent Office
EP
European Patent Organisation - European Patent Office (EPO)
1
US
United States of America - United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
2
Fees payable to the receiving Office:
Transmittal fee:
40 OMR
International filing fee:
Equivalent in OMR of 1,562 USD
This fee is reduced by 90% if certain conditions apply (refer to Annex C(IB)).
Fee per sheet in excess of 30:
Equivalent in OMR of 18 USD
Reductions (under Schedule of Fees, item 4):
Electronic filing (the request in character coded format):
Equivalent in OMR of 235 USD
Electronic filing (the request, description, claims and abstract in character coded format):
Equivalent in OMR of 352 USD
Search fee:
Refer to
Annex D(AT)
Annex D(AU)
Annex D(EG)
Annex D(EP)
Annex D(US)
Fee for priority document (PCT Rule 17.1(b)):
70 OMR
Fee for requesting restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 26bis.3(d)):
200 OMR
Is an agent required by the receiving Office?
No, if the applicant resides in Oman
Yes, if the applicant is a non-resident
Who can act as agent?
Any attorney or lawyer registered to practice in Oman
Waiver of power of attorney:
Waivers of powers of attorney do not apply (PCT Rule 90.4(e) and 90.5(d)) where the agent or common representative submits any notice of withdrawal during the international phase (PCT Rule 90bis.1 to 90bis.4, also refer to International Phase, paragraph 11.048).
Has the Office waived the requirement that a separate power of attorney be submitted?
No
Particular instances in which a separate power of attorney is required:
Not applicable
Has the Office waived the requirement that a copy of a general power of attorney be submitted?
No
Particular instances in which a copy of a general power of attorney is required:
Not applicable

Annex L - Deposits of Microorganisms and Other Biological Material

Requirements of designated and elected Offices
Only Offices whose applicable national law contains provisions concerning the deposits of microorganisms and other biological material are listed in Annex L. Unless otherwise indicated, deposits may be made for the purposes of patent procedure before these Offices with any depositary institution having acquired the status of international depositary authority under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure.
For a list of these institutions refer to:
Notifications related thereto may be consulted under:
Further information concerning the requirements of international depository authorities under the Budapest Treaty is available at:
Time (if any) earlier than 16 months from priority date by which applicant must furnish:
— the indications prescribed in Rule 13bis.3(a)(i) to (iii):
None
— any additional indications:
None
Additional indications (if any) which must be given besides those prescribed in Rule 13bis.3(a)(i) to (iii) pursuant to notifications from the Office:
None

National Phase

Summary of requirements for entry into the national phase

Time limits applicable for entry into the national phase:
Under PCT Article 22(1): 30 months from the priority date
Under PCT Article 39(1)(a): 30 months from the priority date
Translation of international application required into (one of) the following language(s):
Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
Arabic
Required contents of the translation for entry into the national phase:
Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
Under PCT Article 22: Request, description, claims (if amended, both as originally filed and as amended, together with any statement under PCT Article 19), any text matter of drawings, abstract
Under PCT Article 39(1): Request, description, claims, any text matter of drawings, abstract (if any of those parts has been amended, both as originally filed and as amended by the annexes to the international preliminary examination report)
Is a copy of the international application required in particular circumstances?
No
National fees:
The amount in parentheses is applicable in case of filing by an individual
Patents
Filing fee:
300 OMR
(200 OMR)
Utility models
Filing fee:
300 OMR
(200 OMR)
Exemptions, reductions or refunds of fees:
For further details, refer to Ministerial Resolution No. 206/2018 of 18 October 2018.
For a period of five years from the date of submission of the application, fees for industrial property rights services are reduced by 90% where the international application is filed by a researcher in a research center or a student of a school, college or university, and by 50% where the application is filed by a small enterprise
Special requirements of the Office (PCT Rule 51bis):
Name and address of the inventor if they have not been furnished in the “Request” part of the international application 3 4
Declaration justifying the applicant’s right to the patent where the applicant is not the inventor 3 4
Document evidencing a change of name of the applicant if the change occurred after the international filing date and has not been reflected in a notification from the International Bureau (Form PCT/IB/306)
Appointment of an agent if the applicant is not resident in Oman
Power of attorney if an agent is appointed
Translation of the international application to be furnished in three copies
Copy of extract from the commercial register where the inventor is a company
Declaration concerning non-prejudicial disclosures or exceptions to lack of novelty, such as disclosures resulting from abuse, disclosures at certain exhibitions and disclosures by the applicant during a certain period of time 3 4
Who can act as agent?
Any patent agent registered before the Office
Does the Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 49ter.2)?
Yes, the Office applies the “due care” criterion to such requests

The procedure in the national Phase

OM.01 LANGUAGE OF PROCEEDINGS
IPRR Art. 3(1)
The language of proceedings is Arabic.
OM.02 TRANSLATION (CORRECTION)
Errors in the translation of the international application can be corrected with reference to the text of the international application as originally filed (refer to National Phase, paragraphs 6.002 and 6.003).
OM.03 FEES (MANNER OF PAYMENT)
The manner of payment of the fees indicated in the Summary and in this Chapter is outlined in Annex OM.I.
OM.04 ANNUAL FEES
IPRL Art. 12(2)
Annual fees are payable in advance for each year, starting one year after the filing date of the application. In case of failure to pay the applicable fee within the required time limit, the payment may be made within an additional time limit of six months upon payment of a surcharge for late payment. If the fee is not paid within the additional time limit, the application or the patent shall be deemed to have been withdrawn. The amounts of the annual fees are indicated in Annex OM.I.
OM.05 APPOINTMENT OF AN AGENT
IPRL Art. 95(1), IPRR Art. 5(1)
If the applicant is not resident in Oman, an agent shall be appointed by filing a power of attorney, signed by the applicant. If the power of attorney is not filed within 60 days from the date of filing of the application, the application will be considered null and void.
OM.06 EXAMINATION
IPRL Art. 9(5)(a), IPRR Art. 40(11)(d)
Examination must be requested within 60 days from the entry into the national phase, or 36 months from the date of filing of the international application, whichever expires later.
The request for examination is only effective if a fee for requesting examination has been paid. The amount of the fee is indicated in Annex OM.I.
OM.07 AMENDMENT OF THE APPLICATION
IPRL Art. 6(2), IPRR Art. 40.6(d)
The applicant may, at any time until the date of the request for examination, make amendments to his application, provided that the amendment does not go beyond the original disclosure. The amount of the fee is indicated in Annex OM.I.
OM.08 EXCUSE OF DELAYS IN MEETING TIME LIMITS
PCT Art. 24(2), PCT Art. 48(2), PCT Rule 82bis
Reference is made to paragraphs 6.022 to 6.027 of the National Phase.
OM.09 REVIEW UNDER ARTICLE 25 OF THE PCT
IPRR Art. 40(12)(a), PCT Art. 25, PCT Rule 51
The applicable procedure is outlined in paragraphs 6.018 to 6.021 of the National Phase. The applicant must submit the international application and accompanying documents in Arabic, with the payment of the applicable fee, within 60 days from the date of the notice of the decision.
OM.10 RESTORATION OF THE RIGHT OF PRIORITY
PCT Rule 49ter.2
A request for restoration of the right of priority is allowed if the Office is satisfied that the failure to file the application within the 12-month priority period occurred in spite of due care required by the circumstances. The request for restoration of the right of priority must state the reasons for the failure to comply with the priority period.
OM.11 REINSTATEMENT OF RIGHTS
IPPR Art. 40(10)
Where the international application is considered withdrawn, the Office shall reinstate the rights of the applicant with respect to that international application upon request by the applicant, provided the Office finds that the failure to meet the time limit occurred in spite of due care required by the circumstances having been taken. The request for reinstatement of rights must be submitted to the Registrar no later than 90 days from the date on which the application was considered withdrawn and the applicable fee must be paid.
OM.12 UTILITY MODEL
If the applicant wishes to obtain a utility model on the basis of an international application instead of a patent in Oman, the applicant, when performing the acts referred to in PCT Article 22 or 39(1), shall so indicate to the designated Office.
OM.13 CONVERSION
IPRL Art. 18(1)
An international application for a patent may be converted into a utility model, and vice-versa, after the applicant has complied with the requirements for entry into the national phase. Conversion may be requested at any time up to the grant or refusal of the patent or the utility model, upon payment of a fee.

Annexes

Annex OM.I - Fees
For a period of five years from the date of submission of the application, fees for industrial property rights services are reduced by 90% where the international application is filed by a researcher in a research center or a student of a school, college or university, and by 50% where the application is filed by a small enterprise. For further details, refer to Ministerial Resolution No. 206/2018 of 18 October 2018.
The amount in parentheses is applicable in case of filing by an individual.
Patents
Filing fee
300 OMR
(200 OMR)
Request for examination fee
300 OMR
Fee for amendment
100 OMR
Fee for issuance of patent certificate
1,000 OMR
(500 OMR)
Fee for publication
50 OMR
Annual fees:
— for the 2nd year
200 OMR
(100 OMR)
— for the 3rd year
300 OMR
(150 OMR)
— for the 4th year
400 OMR
(200 OMR)
— for the 5th year
500 OMR
(250 OMR)
— for the 6th year
600 OMR
(300 OMR)
— for the 7th year
700 OMR
(350 OMR)
— for the 8th year
800 OMR
(400 OMR)
— for the 9th year
900 OMR
(450 OMR)
— for the 10th year
1,000 OMR
(500 OMR)
— for the 11th year
1,100 OMR
(550 OMR)
— for the 12th year
1,200 OMR
(600 OMR)
— for the 13th year
1,300 OMR
(650 OMR)
— for the 14th year
1,400 OMR
(700 OMR)
— for the 15th year
1,500 OMR
(750 OMR)
— for the 16th year
1,600 OMR
(800 OMR)
— for the 17th year
1,700 OMR
(850 OMR)
— for the 18th year
1,800 OMR
(900 OMR)
— for the 19th year
1,900 OMR
(950 OMR)
— for the 20th year
2,000 OMR
(1,000 OMR)
Fee for restoration of the right of priority
100 OMR
Fee for reinstatement of rights
50 OMR
Fee for conversion of an application from a patent into an application for a utility model
100 OMR
Utility models
Filing fee
300 OMR
(200 OMR)
Fee for issuance of utility model
500 OMR
(250 OMR)
Annual fees:
— for the 2nd year
200 OMR
(100 OMR)
— for the 3rd year
300 OMR
(150 OMR)
— for the 4th year
400 OMR
(200 OMR)
— for the 5th year
500 OMR
(250 OMR)
— for the 6th year
600 OMR
(300 OMR)
— for the 7th year
700 OMR
(350 OMR)
— for the 8th year
800 OMR
(400 OMR)
— for the 9th year
900 OMR
(450 OMR)
— for the 10th year
1,000 OMR
(500 OMR)
Fee for conversion of a utility model application into an application for a patent
100 OMR
How can payment of fees be effected?
The payment of fees should be effected in Omani rial. All payments must indicate the application number (national, if already known; international, if the national application number is not yet known), the name of the applicant and the type of fee being paid.
Forms
Please refer to the Office.
Notes:
1 a The Office is competent only if the international search is or has been carried out by that Office or the Austrian Patent Office.
2 a The Office is competent only if the international search is or has been carried out by that Office.
3 a b c This requirement may be satisfied if the corresponding declaration has been made in accordance with PCT Rule 4.17.
4 a b c If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit fixed in the invitation.
Current version applicable from 1 Mar 2024 , printed on 15 Apr 2024