MOROCCO

Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 31 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO:  No
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or specification, abstract and drawings if non-PCT (required on the day of filing)
  • French or Arabic translation of specification, claims and abstract (can be filed within 3 months)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (can be filed within 3 months)
  • Assignment of Invention (original or certified copy) and French translation thereof (can be filed within 3 months)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Examination Report (no set deadline)
  • Certified priority document (if not lodged in the international phase)

Novelty:      Absolute novelty is required

Patentability:     Methods of medical treatment, surgery or diagnosis are not patentable

Excess Fees:     Excess fees are payable for more than 10 claims, payable at the time of filing

Examination:     Substantive examination must be requested at the time of filing the application

Term of Patent:     20 years from the effective filing date

Renewals:    Payable annually in advance from the first anniversary of the effective filing date but only due after grant

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 446 500 km2
  • Population: 31.6 million
  • Capital: Rabat
  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham
  • GDP:  $ 153.8 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .ma
  • Languages: Arabic (official language), French, Spanish, Berber
  • Exports: Food and beverages; semi-processed goods; consumer goods; phosphates; crude minerals
  • Imports: Gas and electricity; crude petroleum; textile fabric; telecommunication equipment; wheat; transistors; plastic

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Hague Agreement on Designs
  • Madrid Agreement on Source of Goods
  • Madrid Agreement on Marks
  • Madrid Protocol on Marks
  • Nice Agreement on Classification of Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • Trade Mark Law Treaty
  • WIPO Convention
  • WIPO Copyright Treaty
  • WTO/TRIPS