Moroccan patent application

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Release time:2016-05-31

Morocco is a coastal Arab country in northwestern Africa. It borders Algeria to the east and southeast, Western Sahara to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and Spain and Portugal to the north across the sea. Morocco occupied Western Sahara in 1979, but its rights in Western Sahara have not been recognized by any country in the world, but the League of Arab States clearly recognizes Western Sahara as Moroccan territory. Morocco considers its borders with Ceuta and Melilla to be its territory, but in fact it is under Spanish jurisdiction. In addition to Arabic, there are many regional languages in Morocco, while French and Spanish are also used.

 

At the kind invitation of President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China, King Mohammed VI of Morocco paid a state visit to the People's Republic of China from May 11 to 12, 2016. On May 11, 2016, China and Morocco issued a joint statement on the establishment of a strategic partnership between the two countries.

 

The European Patent Office and the Moroccan Ministry of Industry, Trade and New Technology have signed a patent cooperation agreement, which is the first cooperation between Morocco and European institutions after the European Union gave Morocco "priority status" in 2008 and held the first Morocco EU summit in March 2010.

According to the agreement, although Morocco is neither a party to the European Patent Convention nor has an extension of patent protection agreement with the European Patent Organization, European patent applications and European patents authorized by the European Patent Office will be equally valid in Morocco. Conversely, in the member states of the European Patent Organization, patent applications and granted patents valid in Morocco enjoy the same legal status as European patent applications and granted patents. The agreement will enter into force after the relevant legislation has been approved by the Moroccan Parliament. The EPO believes that the signing of the agreement will not only help promote technology transfer cooperation between European countries and Morocco, but also demonstrate the EPO's efforts to build a balanced international patent system and Morocco's determination to develop its innovation policy.

 

In addition, EPO and the Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property (OMPIC) have signed a bilateral cooperation and technical agreement allowing the Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property to use the EPOQUE network service in order to make use of EPO's relevant scientific and technical literature. This will help the Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office to prepare a more systematic search report on patent applications and to add preliminary opinions on their patentability prospects, so as to provide enterprises with important information on the patentability of applications as soon as possible.