Patent registration in Pakistan is also administered by the Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO-Pakistan). The process for registering a patent in Pakistan is similar to that for trademark registration, but with some key differences.
- Conduct a patent search: Before you apply for a patent, it’s a good idea to conduct a search of existing patents to ensure that your invention is not already protected by someone else. IPO-Pakistan provides a patent search service on its website that can be used to search existing patents in Pakistan.
- File a patent application: To register a patent in Pakistan, you will need to file an application with IPO-Pakistan. The application should include:
- A detailed description of the invention, including drawings or diagrams, if necessary
- Claims defining the scope of the invention
- Information on any foreign or domestic patents that are related to the invention
- The name and address of the inventor
- Any other information required by IPO-Pakistan
- Examination and publication of the patent: Once your application has been filed, IPO-Pakistan will examine it to ensure that it meets the necessary requirements. If your application is accepted, it will be published in the Patents Journal for opposition purposes for 4 months.
- Opposition period: Once your patent is published in the Patents Journal, any person can file an opposition against your patent within 4 months.
- Grant of Patent: If there are no oppositions or if the opposition is decided in your favour, your patent will be granted.
Please note that the above process is just general guideline and might vary depending on the specific circumstances and requirement of your application. It is always best to consult with an attorney with expertise in Intellectual property law to make sure you are adhering to the laws and regulation of Pakistan.