Filing rules by country


Patent filing & translation requirements

Below we’ve listed the patent filing and translation requirements for OAPI. Whilst we endeavour to ensure these regulations remain up-to-date, they are subject to change. We advise you check with the local patent office or relevant counsel regarding any questions about country specific regulations.

PCT Route: Filing & Translation Requirements in OAPI
LanguageEnglish or French
Filing Deadline30 months
Filing ExtensionNo
Translation ExtensionNo
Power of AttorneyYes, should be submitted within 2 months from filing (original required, notarized: No, legalized: No)
General POA AcceptedYes
AssignmentsYes, only for applicants claiming priority from the USA (notarized)
Excess Claims Fee Due at FilingYes
Claims Amendment Possible at FilingYes
Fee for Amending Claims at FilingNo
Request for Examination DeadlineExamination will be conducted as soon as the complete application is received
Can Examination be Requested at Filing?N/A
Patent Prosecution HighwayNo

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