On 22 May 2011 I wrote Saudi Arabia: Overview of Intellectual Property Law. I supplemented that article with Information in English on Saudi Patent Law on 26 July 2014. In my first article I wrote:
"There is no intellectual property office as such. Patents, industrial designs, chip topographies and plant varieties are registered by the The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology ("KACST") which is also the Saudi Arabian national science agency, national laboratory and internet authority for the .sa country code top level domain."KACST has now devoted a section of its website to patents, designs, semiconductor topographies and plant breeders' rights.
KACST now publishes the Saudi Law of Patents, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties, and Industrial Designs (Royal Decree No. (M/27) dated 17/7/2004) and the Implementing Regulations of theLaw of Patents, Layout Designs ofIntegrated Circuits, Plant Varieties,and Industrial Designs in English. This legislation is supplemented by FAQ on patents, industrial designs, plant varieties and integrated circuits. There are links to the Paris Convention and TRIPS, flowcharts of the patent and design application processes and statistics.
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