An official letter was issued by the Directorate of Intellectual Property at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Sultanate of Oman on 21st September 2016, advising that the substantive examination fees for patent applications which were formally accepted during the years 2013 and 2014 are now due for payment.  It is therefore now necessary to submit a request for substantive examination along with the payment of the examination fees within two months from the date on which the above-mentioned official letter was issued, i.e. before 21st November 2016.  Failure to do so will cause the application to be considered to have lapsed.

 

We will write to our clients on any cases for which action is required in order to comply with the above provisions.