Patent

Patents’ Registration in Pakistan

Barrister Ahmad Farooq Malik, Partner AFMalik Law. Patents ‘A patent for an invention is grant of exclusive rights to make, use and sell the invention for a limited period of 20 years. The patent grant excludes others from making, using, or selling the invention. Patent protection does not start until the actual grant of a patent. A patent cannot be obtained on a mere idea or suggestion. Patent applications are examined for both technical and legal merit.’ [1] Any invention is patentable, if it meets the following 3 requirements[2]: Is new/novel and does not form part of the state of the art; Involves an inventive step; and Is capable of industrial application. In Pakistan, patents are applied mainly for products and processes for medicines/pharmaceuticals, industrial machines, electronics. See : In Earth Factor (Pvt) Ltd and 2 others v. Patent Office, IPO Pakistan through Controller and others [2014 CLD 897] [1] http://www.ipo.gov.pk/patent_faqs, Web accessed 12th April, 2019. [2] Sections 7, 8 & 9 Patents Ordinance, 2000.