We write to advise you that a new Patents, Utility Models, Integrated Circuits and Trade Secrets Law No. 2 of 2011 has recently been published in the country's Official Gazette. The law, which was issued on 12 January 2011 and published on 4 May 2011, entered into force on 12 April 2011. 

Points of particular significance regarding patents and utility models in the new law are highlighted below:

Patents
- Absolute (worldwide) novelty is required for an invention to be patentable.
- An employer is entitled to be named as the patentee if an invention is made by employee(s) during the execution of a contract or a commitment for the execution of inventive efforts, or if the employee would not have developed the subject matter of the protection had he not used facilities, means or data that were made available through his employment. The employee has the right to receive a remuneration, which is to be agreed upon with the consent of both parties, or assessed in light of the terms of the contract of employment and the economic importance of the subject matter of the protection. A patent application filed by an employee within one year from the date of termination of employment will be considered as having been submitted during the course of employment
- The opposition period has been reduced from 6 months to 90 days from the date of publication of a patent application.
- Patents are granted for a term of protection of 20 years from the filing date, rather than the 15 year term provided for under the previous law.
- A patent must be worked, and if the patent is not being fully exploited by the patentee within 4 years from the filing date or 3 years from the date of grant, it will be subject to compulsory licensing under the provisions of the law. 

Utility Models
- Conversion from and to a patent application is possible.
- The term of protection of a utility model is 7 years from the filing date.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries in this matter.