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Morocco Patents

Patent & Design Protection

Morocco patents have a duration of 20 years from date of filing and annual renewal fees are payable from the third anniversary of the filing date (due after grant). Morocco is a member of PCT and the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property). 

Types of Patents:

  • Patents of Invention
  • National Phase PCT Application
  • Validation of European patents

Filing Requirements:

Non-PCT applications:

  • Specification, claims, drawings and abstract with French or Arabic translation (required upon filing)
  • Deed of assignment, notarised (can be late filed)
  • Certified copy of Priority document (if applicable) with verified French translation (must be filed within 3 months of the filing date)

PCT applications:

  • Specification, claims, drawings and abstract with French or Arabic translation (required upon filing)
  • International patent classification (can be late filed)
  • Published International application (required upon filing)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (can be late filed)
  • Deed of assignment, notarised (can be late filed)

Novelty:

Absolute novelty required.

Patentability:  

Methods of medical diagnosis, treatment or surgery are not patentable. 

Examination: 

Substantive examination.

Duration/Renewals:

The patent has a duration of 20 years from date of filing. Annual renewal fees are payable from the third anniversary of the filing date (due after grant).

International and Regional Systems:

  • Paris Convention
  • PCT
  • Validation of European patents

Types of Designs:

  • Industrial Designs

Filing Requirements:

  • Drawings or photographs of the design (required upon filing)
  • A statement indicating the kind of products for which the design is to be used with verified French or Arabic translation (required upon filing)
  • Certified copy of priority document (if applicable) with verified French or Arabic translation (must be filed within 3 months of the filing date)

Duration/Renewals:

The design has an initial term of 5 years from date of filing, with possible extensions of 4 further terms of 5 years each.

International and Regional Systems:

  • Paris Convention
  • The Hague Agreement

Paris Convention

Morocco is a member of the Paris Convention where each contracting state must grant the same IP protection to nationals of other contracting states, and provides for the right of priority in the case of patents, trade marks and designs. The Paris Convention is an international agreement which helps creators ensure that their intellectual property is protected in other countries. It applies to IP in the widest sense as it covers patents, trade marks and industrial designs to name a few.

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