MARCH 16, 2015 | VALIDATION OF EUROPEAN PATENTS IN MOROCCO (MA)

With effect from March 01, 2015, it will be possible to validate European patent applications and patents in Morocco at the applicant's request. Unfortunately, such validation is not available for applications filed prior to that date, or for any European patents resulting from such applications.

European applications and patents validated for Morocco will have the same legal effects there as Moroccan ones, and will be subject to Moroccan patent law. With other words, after validation, they will confer essentially the same protection as patents granted by the European Patent Office for the now 38 member states of the European Patent Organization.

The validation fee currently amounts to 240 Euro. It must be paid to the European Patent Office within six months of the date on which the European Patent Bulletin mentions the publication of the European search report, or, where applicable, within the period for performing the acts required for an international application's entry into the European phase.