Five-year period for industrial design protection
The Sultanate of Oman attaches big attention to all aspects of intellectual property through drafting required regulations and laws for the deep impacts and contributions intellectual property has in the national economy.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) pointed out that the period of industrial design protection is five years starting from the date the application is submitted to the ministry after paying fees.
according to Nidaa Yaqub al Tamimi, a patent inspection specialist at MOCI, the due fees can be paid during a period of six months after submitting the application; otherwise the industrial design registration shall be cancelled.
“The fees have been reduced to RO 100 for school, college and university students and researchers and to RO500 for SMEs. The fees for the Industrial Design Certificate are reduced to RO50 for college and university students and researchers and RO250 for SMEs”. Nidaa said.
“Industrial design rights are regional; as they limited to the place where they have been granted. Internationally, industrial design protection application can be submitted according to Hague Convention Oman has joined in 4th December 2008. To have the application accepted, the design should be new and haven’t be published or used anywhere else before.” Nidaa further explained.
Rights and obligations
“The MOCI is keen to promote and wide-spread the culture of protecting patent rights among local communities and all competent authorities. The industrial designs are a sub-field of intellectual property; as these designs have significance in distinguishing the different products, commodities and goods. They contribute to the success of the product in markets.
The industrial design is the exterior appearance of a product or any formation of lines and colors, or 3D formation that provides the product with a special appearance that can be seen and recognized easily.
Providing protection to the industrial designs means that the owner shall have all rights to have his registered industrial design dedicated exclusively to the product assigned. Accordingly, the competitors of the industrial design owner shall have no right in copying the same design for their products without a written consent from the part of the original owner of the design.
Products subject to protection
The industrial design protection rights can be implemented to a varied number of handcrafts; including wrapping, boxes, furniture, home appliances and accessories, lighting, jeweler, appliances and textile”, Nidaa further added.