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
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