The Kuwaiti Council of Ministers approved Law No. 11/2016 declaring accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The newly approved law was published in the Kuwaiti Official Gazette on the 27th of March, 2016. Adhering to the PCT enables Kuwait to register international patents through its national office, and as a consequence, improves legal protection for national and regional inventions as well as facilitate administrative procedures for obtaining protection.
The Patent Cooperation Treaty is an international patent law treaty that provides a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect inventions in each of its contracting states. Joining the PCT strengthens and promotes economic development by improving legal protection of inventions within signatory countries. It is also a more cost effective way of filing compared to filing separate national or regional applications.