The registration process is the third step for protecting an invention after the patentability search and drafting patent application. It is very important to know that a patentable invention is not protected by law in Saudi Arabia and not enforced against third parties until Saudi Patent Office grants the inventor a patent certificate. In 2004 the Saudi government enacted a law covering patents, layout designs of integrated circuits, plant varieties, and industrial models. According to the above law, a patent is given twenty years of protection from the date of filing the application and is subject to annual maintenance fees.
The Gulf Corporation Council Countries (GCC) have a Uniform Patent Law which is enforced in six GCC (6) countries, namely: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Bahrain; Thus, the GCC patent law gives patentees the right to enforce their patents in all the above mentioned countries through a single registration. of the above systems.