De­ci­sion to cut regis­tra­tion fee for patents wel­comed

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MUS­CAT: A num­ber of of­fi­cials, in­no­va­tors and stu­dents have praised the Min­is­te­rial De­ci­sion is­sued by the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try on re­duc­tion of the ser­vice fees for ap­pli­ca­tions of patents and in­dus­trial de­signs of stu­dents of schools, col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties and re­searchers at the re­search cen­tres and small en­ter­prises.

They reaf­firmed that the de­ci­sion en­cour­ages in­no­va­tors and fa­cil­i­tates regis­tra­tion of their ap­pli­ca­tions. It will also boost the num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions of patents in all fields which fur­ther im­prove the Sul­tanate’s econ­omy.

In­crease in ap­pli­ca­tions

En­gi­neer Khalid Al Hi­nai, Head of In­dus­trial Con­trol De­part­ment at the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try said that the re­duc­tion of fees for the in­ter­ested par­ties would con­trib­ute to the in­crease of ap­pli­ca­tions for patents to be sub­mit­ted to the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try.

He also pointed to that the re­duc­tion which ap­plies for five years from date of regis­tra­tion of such ap­pli­ca­tions with the Min­istry would pro­vide the ben­e­fi­cia­ries with the op­por­tu­nity to spend in other fields which sup­port and de­velop in­no­va­tions.

Nasser bin Khal­ifa Al Harassi, in­no­va­tion patent spe­cial­ist at the Min­istry of Com­merce and In­dus­try said that the de­ci­sion No. 206/2018 on re­duc­tion of ser­vice fees for in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty for stu­dents, re­searchers and small en­ter­prises rep­re­sented one of the fields of sup­port the Min­istry ex­tended for in­no­va­tive stu­dents.

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