The Gulf Cooperation Council economies have grown and diversified in recent decades with an emphasis in shifting from a petroleum-based industry to a diversified economy. The region represents one of the world’s fastest growing markets.
The six-member GCC is composed of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain. As a result of this remarkable economic growth, clients have shown increased interest in filing patent applications throughout this region. Filings from Australian applicants have been increasing in the last 20 years throughout this region with mechanical and chemical based technologies forming the majority of the filings.
There are multiple pathways to filing patent applications in the GCC as discussed below.
i. GCC patent application
One approach to obtaining patent protection across the region was achieved by filing a complete patent application at the Patent Office of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC patent office) within 12 months of a priority application. This was necessary because the GCC patent office is not a member of the patent cooperation treaty (PCT). Read more