Morocco and Europe agreed to strengthen patents system

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A set of co-operation agreements was signed by the President of the European Patent Morocco and Europe agreed to strengthen patents systemOffice (EPO) and the Director General of the Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC) in Munich to strengthen the patent system in both Morocco and Europe. The agreement is concerned with the renewed access to the EPOQUE Net search system for OMPIC examiners, plus various training programmes and exchange of expertise between the two offices. The importance for Morocco for working bilaterally with the EPO which co-operation is a reciprocal and benefits the strategies of both partners was a response to the vision that OMPIC has developed for the Moroccan patent system implementing with rigor and consistency.
The OMPIC is a self-financed entity under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Upgrading of the Economy which holds the national registers of the main industrial property titles which are trademarks and patents of Morocco. The EPO and OMPIC have been cooperating for ten years and had entered into a strategic partnership with the signature during the end of 2010 of the first agreement on the European patents’ validation.
The agreement which is now ratified by Morocco aims at making the country more attractive for investors while at the same time raising its capacity to support further innovation. The implementation of the agreement will go hand in hand with capacity-building at OMPIC, in both the examination of Moroccan filing and in the dissemination of technological information in the country.
The validation agreement will enable users of the European patent system to validate their application and EPO-granted patents in Morocco in addition to the forty countries in Europe. European applications and patents validated for Morocco will have the same legal effect there as Moroccan ones and will be subject to Moroccan Law.