Muscat, A delegation from the European

Patent Office (EPO) visited the Intellectual Property Department at the

Ministry of Commerce and Industry today to acquaint the department

officials with the European Patent Accreditation System and to learn

about the patent system in the Sultanate. The visit comes as part of the

cooperation and coordination between Intellectual Property Department

with international offices operating in intellectual property.

During the visit, the delegation was briefed on the work of the

Intellectual Property Department at the Ministry of Commerce and

Industry, the patent system in the Sultanate, the current status,

performance and patent statistics recorded in the Sultanate. The

delegation also introduced the European Office and its role in

spreading innovation, fields of cooperation and activities organised by

the European Patent Office.

Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Sa’eedi, Director of the Intellectual

Property Department at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, said, “

The visit comes within the framework of seeking to improve the

intellectual property services in the Sultanate and benefit from the

international offices that have the lead in the field of patents. In 2017,

the European Office received about 165,000 patents. The Omani

Patent Office can make use of the data and information available in the

European Office. The two parties seek to share experiences and

cooperate in various fields, such as training examiners, exchanging

information and other aspects of cooperation”.

Francois Regis-Hannert, Director General of European and

International Cooperation of the European Patent Office, said that the

European Office has concluded many agreements with various

countries of the world and the GCC countries. The visit aims to provide

the facilities offered by the European Office, which can be used in the

Sultanate.

He added that the Sultanate is very interested in the European

Patent Office, noting the increasing patent applications and innovation

activity in the Sultanate in general.

During its visit, the delegation was also briefed on the divisions of

the Intellectual Property Department at the Ministry of Commerce and

Industry and the system of registration of patents, trademarks,

industrial designs, copyright and related rights.

Source: Oman News Agency