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Saudi Arabia: New PCT Annuities Regulations Effective January 1, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016 a new calculation of PCT National Phase annuity years was implemented.  The new calculation stipulates that the annuity year starts from the international filing date of the corresponding PCT application.  Furthermore, the Patent office states that all pending annuities are due for payment during the period from January 1st to March 31st 2016. The patent term for Saudi Patents through PCT applications is 20 years from the international filing date.