Jordan.

The kingdom of Jordan has ratified the Paris Convention as of July 17, 1972, and WIPO Convention as of July 12, 1972, and Berne Convention as of July 28, 1999, and WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) as of April 27, 2004, and WPPT as of May 24, 2004. Domestic Legislation includes Patents and Design law, Trademarks law as amended 1999, and the Copyright Protection Law No. 22 enacted in 1992.

Jordan Patents Registration

Applications for a grant of a patent or design are filed with the Patent Office. Appeals against the decision of the Registrar of Patents as regards applications are made by a petition to the Higher Court of Justice. Oppositions may be made within a period of two months after approved applications are published in the Official Gazette. Patents are valid for a period of sixteen years from the date of filing the application and renewal fees are paid every four years during the patent’s validity term. Compulsory license may be triggered if the patentee fails to exploit the invention within a period of three years from the date of grant.

Formal filing requirements are as follows:

  1. Power of attorney duly executed and legalized by a Jordanian Consulate. May be submitted 60 days from the date of filing.
  2. A duly certified copy of the certificate of incorporation duly legalized by a Jordanian Consulate, if the applicant is a legal entity or an extract from the Commercial Register. May be submitted 60 days from the date of filing.
  3. Three copies of the specification and claims in English and Arabic. Required at the date of filing.
  4. Three sets of the formal drawings, if any. Required at the date of filing.
  5. An abstract of the invention into both English and Arabic. The range of words shall not exceed 200 words. Required at the date of filing.
  6. A duly executed deed of assignment if the applicant is not the inventor.
  7. Priority document, if priority is to be claimed. May be submitted within 60 days from the date of filing.
  8. A declaration signed by the inventor duly executed, notarized and legalized by a Jordanian Consulate. May be submitted within 60 days from the date of filing.

NOTE: Patent applications must be filed within a period not exceeding 12    months from the earlier filing date or the date of international publication.

Designs.

Formal filing requirements.

  1. Power of attorney duly executed and legalized by a Jordanian Consulate.
  2. Applicant’s full particulars.
  3. A duly certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or an extract from the commercial register duly legalized by a Jordanian Consulate if the applicant is a company.
  4. The article or articles meant to embrace the design together with the materials utilized in producing them.
  5. Three sets of design’s representation in the form of formal drawings or photos clearly showing the design for which protection is sought.
  6. The class or classes in which the design is sought to be registered.
  7. A declaration of novelty including a specification of the inventive step together with a description indicating its advantageous effects and the way in which it is industrially applicable.
  8. A duly executed deed of assignment if the applicant is not the proprietor.
  9. Priority document, if priority is to be claimed.

Patent annuities.

  • Power of attorney duly executed and legalized by a Jordanian Consulate.
  • Particulars of the applicant.
  • The number and date of filing of the patent.

Changes.

  • Change of the owner’s name.
  • change of the owner’s address
  • assignment
  • licensing contract
  • mergers

Requirements:

  1. A duly executed Deed of Assignment legalized by a Jordanian Consulate
  2. Power of attorney duly executed and legalized by a Jordanian Consulate
  3. A duly executed contract of licensing.
  4. A duly certified merger instrument.
  5. A duly certified instrument of change of name and/or address.
  6. Original letters of patent for endorsement purposes.

Trademarks/service marks.

The international classification of trademarks is adopted; however this does not apply as regards service marks. An opposition as regards trademarks must be made within a period of three months from publication date. The High Court of Justice presides over oppositions and appeals not settled by the Registrar. Trademarks filed or registered before December 1, 1999 shall be governed by the old system and are valid for a period of seven years starting from the date of filing an application and are renewable for further periods of fourteen years each. Trademarks filed or registered as of December 1, 1999 shall be governed by the new law and are valid for a period of ten years starting from the date of filing an application and are renewable for further periods of ten years each. The new law provides for a grace period of one year. Cancellation for non-user may be triggered by an interested party after expiry of three consecutive years.

Formal filing requirements are as follows:

  1. Name and address of the applicant including his nationality, his domicile and the address of his place of business.
  2. A power of attorney duly executed and legalized by a Jordanian Consulate.
  3. A duly certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or an extract from the commercial register of the applicant company duly legalized by a Jordanian Consulate.
  4. 15 prints of the mark for each class and a printing block.
  5. A complete list of goods and services to be covered by the registration.
  6. A certified copy of the priority document if priority is to be claimed.

NOTE: All documents may be filed together with the application form or later within a period preferably not exceeding a three months period.

Changes.

  • Alteration of goods and services.
  • Alteration of a registered trademark.
  • Voluntary cancellation of a registration.
  • Change of name and address of the owner.
  • Change of the address and the owner.
  • Assignment of the registration.
  • Licensing contract.

Requirements:

  1. A power of attorney duly executed and legalized by a Jordanian Consulate.
  2. A duly certified instrument of change of name and/or address.
  3. Original certificate of registration / renewal as the case may be.
  4. A deed of assignment duly executed and legalized by a Jordanian Consulate.
  5. A duly executed licensing contract.

Copyright.

Copyright is filed at the Ministry of Culture. The protection allowed extends for thirty years after the death of the author.

Formal filing requirements are as follows:

  1. Name and address of the applicant including his nationality, his domicile and the address of his place of business.
  2. A power of attorney duly executed and legalized by a Jordanian
  3.  duly executed deed of assignment legalized by a Jordanian Consulate if the author is not the applicant.
  4. For Literal Works 4 copies are required to be lodged with the Ministry of Culture.
  5. As regards non- literal works 2 copies are required to be lodged with the Ministry of Culture.

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