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​​​​Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)



The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is keento support creativity and innovation in the Saudi community in order to achieve national economic development and participate in technology transfer through the protection of inventions resulted from national researches at Universities' research centers, other governmental institutions and private sector including the inventions of individuals. Therefore, a Royal Decree No. M / 63 and dated 28/12/1430 has been issued to join the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Patent Cooperation Treaty is an international treaty concluded at Washington in 1970, The Treaty entered into force in 1974. It is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The Treaty assists applicants in seeking patent protection internationally for their inventions in 148 countries, which is the total number of member states in the Patent Cooperation Treaty until 2013.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Saudi Patent Office deposited its instrument of accession to the PCT to become a registration office for the international application according to the Patent Cooperation Treaty, so the service of direct e-filing of international application will be available to all the citizens and residents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 26/09/1434 AH - 03/08/2013 through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on the following link:

File Application  

Phases, which the international application will go through, can be summarized as follows:

International Phase:

A.    Filing
You file an international application, complying with the PCT formality requirements, in one language, and you pay one set of fees. For more information about file requirements, you can download the following document that clarify all formality requirements:


    Filing fee:
PCT applicants generally pay an international filing fee of 1,330 Swiss francs or its equivalent in other currencies (which is about 1,450 US Dollar depending on the exchange rate), please visit the following link for more information about fees:
Filing Fee

B.    International Search
An “International Searching Authority” (ISA) (one of the world’s major patent Offices) identifies the published patent documents and technical literature (“prior art”) which may have an influence on whether your invention is patentable, and establishes a written opinion on your invention’s potential patentability.

C.    International Publication
As soon as possible after the expiration of 18 months from the earliest filing date, the content of your international application is disclosed to the public.

D.    Supplementary International Search (optional)
A second ISA identifies, at your request, published documents which may not have been found by the first ISA which carried out the main search because of the diversity of prior art in different languages and different technical fields.

E.    International Preliminary Examination (optional)
One of the ISAs at your request, carries out an additional patentability analysis, usually on an amended version of your application.

National Phase:
After the end of the PCT procedure, usually at 30 months from the earliest filing date of your initial application, from which you claim priority, you start to pursue the grant of your patents directly before the national (or regional) patent Offices of the countries in which you want to obtain them.