Thursday, September 28 2023   \  Published by Saba IP.

INPI and OMPIC: Merging Lanes on the PPH Road to Amplified Patent Protection in Morocco

INPI and OMPIC: Merging Lanes on the PPH Road to Amplified Patent Protection in Morocco

The international patent landscape has seen a recent significant development as the Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property (OMPIC) joined hands with France’s National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI). On September 5, 2023, the entities established a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement. This collaboration, while being the inaugural partnership between an African nation and INPI, represents a broader vision of cooperative progress.

Understanding the steady stream of applications from French entities at OMPIC, the decision to collaborate appears strategic. OMPIC and INPI are collectively working towards enhancing patent procedures in Morocco. This signifies Morocco’s dedication to fostering innovation, encouraging foreign investments, and providing a robust mechanism for businesses to protect their intellectual assets.

Anticipating Changes Post-October 1, 2023

With the dawn of October, the agreement introduces a refined patent grant process in Morocco. French applicants, under specific criteria, can access an expedited channel for their second patent application with OMPIC. This could be a national submission or a request via the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), provided their claims resonate with those previously greenlit by INPI. Read more

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