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SD - Sudan
Registrar General of Intellectual Property Department (Sudan)

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: Registrar General of Intellectual Property Department (Sudan)
PA: Patents Act 1971
PR: Patent Regulations 1981
List of currencies used in this document:
CHF: Swiss franc
SDG: Sudanese pound
List of related countries and Offices used 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).
PCT Reservations, Declarations, Notifications and Incompatibilities
The Office does not have any reservations, declarations, notifications or incompatibilities.
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:
Sudan
Two-letter code:
SD
Name of Office:
Registrar General of Intellectual Property Department (Sudan)
Location:
Elgomhouria Street
Elmogran Area
Khartoum
Sudan
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 744
Khartoum
Sudan
Telephone:
(249-155) 12 68 62
(249-183) 74 23 58
E-mail:
epct.info@ipsudan.gov.sd
Facsimile:
(249-183) 74 23 56
Does the Office accept the filing of documents by means of telecommunication (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:
AP
IB
SD
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:
National protection: SD
ARIPO protection: AP
Types of protection available via the PCT:
National:
Patents
ARIPO:
Patents
Utility models (a utility model may be sought instead of or in addition to an ARIPO patent)
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)
For national protection
Time when the name and address of the inventor must be given:
May be in the request or may be furnished later. If not already com-plied 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?
No
For an ARIPO patent
Refer to Annex B(AP)

Annex C - Receiving Office

Competent receiving Office for nationals and residents of:
Sudan
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
Number of copies required by the receiving Office if application filed on paper:
3
Does the receiving Office accept the filing of international applications in electronic form?
Yes, the Office accepts electronic filing via ePCT-Filing
As from 15 January 2021. For the relevant notification by the Office, refer to the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) dated 29 October 2020, pages 226 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 should 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, please refer to the Office for the applicable criteria and/or any fee payable for such requests
Competent International Searching Authority:
EG
EP
Competent International Preliminary Examining Authority:
EG
EP 1
Fees payable to the receiving Office:
Transmittal fee:
50 SDG
International filing fee:
Equivalent in SGD of 1,330 CHF
This fee is reduced by 90% if certain conditions apply (refer to Annex C(IB)).
Fee per sheet in excess of 30:
Equivalent in SGD of 15 CHF
Reductions (under Schedule of Fees, item 4):
Electronic filing (the request in character coded format):
Equivalent in SGD of 200 CHF
Electronic filing (the request, description, claims and abstract in character coded format):
Equivalent in SGD of 300 CHF
Search fee:
Equivalent in SDG of the search fee payable to the International Searching Authority chosen by the applicant:
Refer to
Annex D(EG)
Annex D(EP)
Fee for priority document (PCT Rule 17.1(b)):
None
Is an agent required by the receiving Office?
No, if the applicant resides in the Sudan. An address for service in the Sudan is required for non-residents
Who can act as agent?
Lawyers authorized to work in the Sudan under the Legal Profession Act 1983, or any other substitute Act
Chartered accountants authorized to work in the Sudan
Nationals of the Sudan graduated from a Sudanese university or in possession of an equivalent degree
Any Sudanese national with at least five years’ experience in the field of patents
Waiver of power of attorney:
Has the Office waived the requirement that a separate power of attorney be submitted?
Refer to the Office
Has the Office waived the requirement that a copy of a general power of attorney be submitted?
Refer to the Office

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
English
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: Description, claims (if amended, as amended only, together with any statement under PCT Article 19), any text matter of drawings
Under PCT Article 39(1): Description, claims, any text matter of drawings (if any of those parts has been amended, only 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:
Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
Filing fee
50 SDG
Exemptions, reductions or refunds of fees:
None
Special requirements of the Office (PCT Rule 51bis):
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.
The list of special requirements is still subject to confirmation by the Office
Name and address of the inventor if they have not been furnished in the “Request” part of the international application 2
Address for service in the Sudan (but no representation by an agent is required)
Who can act as agent?
Lawyers authorized to work in the Sudan under the Legal Profession Act 1983, or any other substitute Act
Chartered accountants authorized to work in the Sudan
Nationals of the Sudan graduated from a Sudanese university or in possession of an equivalent degree
Any Sudanese national with at least five years’ experience in the field of patents
Does the Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 49ter.2)?
Yes, please refer to the Office for the applicable criteria and/or any fee payable for such requests

The procedure in the national Phase

SD.01 TRANSLATION (CORRECTION)
Errors in the translation of the international application can be corrected with reference to the text of the international application as filed (refer to National Phase, paragraphs 6.002 and 6.003).
SD.02 LANGUAGE OF PROCEEDINGS
PR Rule 9
The language of proceedings is one of the official languages (Arabic or English). Where necessary, the Office may authorize the applicant to use a foreign language. If the foreign language is not comprehensible to the Office, the latter may request that the applicant furnishes a translation into Arabic or English.
SD.03 FEES (MANNER OF PAYMENT)
PA Sec. 16
The manner of payment of the fees indicated in the Summary and in this Chapter is outlined in Annex SD.I.
SD.04 POWER OF ATTORNEY
PA Sec. 12(3)
An agent must be appointed by filing a power of attorney. A model is given in Annex SD.II.
SD.05 ANNUAL FEES
PA Sec. 25, PR Rule 6(2)
After a patent has been granted a fee must be paid for maintaining the patent in force. The fee is due by the anniversary of the date of grant of the patent. Where the applicant failed to pay by that date, payment can still be made, together with a surcharge for late payment, within the six months following the due date. Payment must be made together with an application for renewal on Form No. 6, which appears in Annex SD.III. The amount of the annual fees is indicated in Annex SD.I.
SD.06 PUBLICATION FEE
PR Rule 7
A fee for publication in the Official Gazette must be paid after receipt by the applicant of the notification to grant the patent within a time limit fixed in the notification. The amount of the said fee is indicated in Annex SD.I.
SD.07 AMENDMENT OF THE APPLICATION; TIME LIMITS
PCT Art. 28, PCT Art. 41, PR Rule 15
The following modifications to the application may be made during the national phase, provided that the scope of the subject matter of the application is not broadened thereby:
(i) up to the decision to grant a patent: amendments to any part of the application;
PR Rule 15
(ii) at any time (even after the grant of the patent): correction of written errors; if the applicant is responsible for such an error, the correction is subject to the payment of a fee (refer to Annex SD.I).
SD.08 REVIEW UNDER ARTICLE 25 OF THE PCT
PCT Art. 25, PCT Rule 51
The applicable procedure is outlined in paragraphs 6.018 to 6.021 of the National Phase. If, upon review under PCT Article 25, the Office denies an error or omission on the part of the receiving Office or the International Bureau, an appeal against this decision may be lodged within 15 days from the date of receipt of the decision. An extension of the 15-day time limit may be requested. The Province Court of Khartoum will then decide on the appeal.
SD.09 EXCUSE OF DELAYS IN MEETING TIME LIMITS
PCT Art. 24(2), PCT Art. 48(2)
Where the applicant failed to comply with a time limit during the international phase or before the Office and non observance of the time limit is detrimental to his rights, he may request restoration of his rights or request the Office to waive the requirement which was not observed. Such a request must be presented to the Office in writing, indicate the reasons for missing the time limit and be accompanied by evidence in support of the statements made.

Annexes

Annex SD.I - Fees
National (filing) fee
50 SDG
Publication fee
15 SDG
Annual fee per year
10 SDG
Surcharge for late payment of annual fee
20 SDG
Fee for correction of errors
20 SDG
How can payment of fees be effected?
Fees must be paid in Sudanese Pounds to the Central Bank of Sudan, account of Registrar General of
Intellectual Property Department (Sudan).
Forms
The following documents are maintained by the Office. Refer to the Office website (Annex B) for latest version and other languages.
Notes:
1 a The Office is competent only if the international search is or has been carried out by that Office.
2 a This requirement may be satisfied if the corresponding declaration has been made in accordance with PCT Rule 4.17.

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V. 1 printed on 2 Jun 2023