Wednesday, February 7 2024   \  Published by Saba IP.

Iraq’s Strategic Leap in Intellectual Property: Embracing the PCT System

Iraq’s Strategic Leap in Intellectual Property: Embracing the PCT System

Iraq’s recent accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) marks a significant stride in enhancing its intellectual property framework. As of May 31, 2022, Iraq, identified by the code IQ in PCT applications, has been designated in these applications, paving the way for a more streamlined and integrated approach to international patent protection. This move, initiated by the Iraqi Patent Office beginning its acceptance of PCT national stage filings in November 2023, demonstrates Iraq’s commitment to aligning with global standards in IP law.

The Iraqi Patent Office has upheld its rigorous standards in patent examination, ensuring a thorough formal and substantive review of applications. This adherence to quality reflects the Office’s dedication to maintaining robust IP protection. For those entering the national stage of a PCT application in Iraq, the procedures align with the established Paris Convention standards, requiring submissions within 30 months from the earliest claimed priority date for both Chapter I and II filings.

A notable shift in documentation requirements sees the Iraqi Patent Office now accepting simple copies of priority documents as they appear in the PCT filing. This change significantly simplifies the application process for patent filers. Additionally, the Office mandates the submission of a complete Arabic translation of the patent specifications at the time of filing, emphasizing the importance of linguistic accuracy in the patent process. Read more

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