Filing Requirements

Filing Type: Direct Filing Direct Filing
Deadline: 12 months
Power of Attorney: Yes*
Assignments: Yes
Language: English & Arabic
Excess Claims Fee: No
Examination Request: Deferred
Country Notes: * Power of Attorney forms and assignments must be legalized up to your nearest consulate of any GCC country. The consulate will provide instructions on the procedure that is required; note that costs will be incurred for this.

• A certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or Extract from the Commercial Register of the applicant company, or certificate of good standing, duly legalized by the Consulate of any GCC country is required. If the Power of Attorney is general, it can be used with one of these documents to support future applications.

• A certified copy of the Priority Document and its simple English translation (in case of non-English language) should be submitted at the time of filing the application. Late filing of these documents is possible within three months from the application filing date but will result in a late fee, invoiced by the agent.

• The Power of Attorney, assignment and certificate of incorporation should be submitted to the GCC Patent Office within three months from the date of filing the application (no further extensions available).

• All filing documents, such as the Power of Attorney, assignments and certificate of incorporation, must be translated into English and Arabic. The Arabic translations must be completed by a certified translator. The agent invoices the client directly for these charges, and also for any late submission of missing documents.

• The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is also known as the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and comprises six member states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Saba & Co. Intellectual Property

Established: 1937

Number of Professional Staff: 320+

National Phase Entry RWS PCT agent in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates
Direct Filing RWS Direct (Paris Convention) agent in Bahrain, Egypt, Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

Saba is the longest established and most renowned intellectual property firm in the Arab world. The firm is active in all areas of prosecution, registration and enforcement of intellectual property rights and provides the full range of associated legal services.

The firm’s mission is to help clients achieve maximum benefit from their intellectual property rights. For years, it has been a leader among regional firms in terms of the strength and depth of its commitment to understanding and serving its clients. It has the experience, knowledge and resources to offer first-rate intellectual property services.

Saba operates through an extensive network of branch and representative offices across West Asia, North Africa and their neighbouring regions. Saba is the only IP firm in the Middle East and North Africa region that is a partnership, meaning that its core strength is its continuity, which it has demonstrated for the past 75 years.


• Biotechnology
• Chemical Science
• Electrical
• Mechanical
• Petro-chemicals
• Pharmaceuticals
• Polymer Science

Contact Information


Saba House,
Saïd Freiha Street,
Hazmieh, Beirut,