Nepal

NepalCapital: Kathmandu
Capital Timezone: GMT + 5:45
Population: 29,890,686 (est. 2012)
Languages: Nepali
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Legal System: English common law and Hindu legal concepts

Key Issues

• Ranked 117th in the world for IP protection in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2013/2014

Prosecution

• Patent may be obtained for any useful invention relating to a new method of process or manufacture, operation or transmission of any material or a combination of material, or made on the basis of a new theory or formula
• It is necessary for the applicant to submit a map and drawings together with his particulars at the time of applying for an application
• Examination: The Department shall examine the invention to determine whether it is new and whether it is useful to the people in general
• Publication: All registered patents, except those to be kept secret for national interest, shall be published in a journal. Interested parties can see or take a copy of the statement, drawing or sketch of a patent published in the journal or take a copy of such patent document on payment of a fee as prescribed
• Opposition: If anyone has any complaint on any patent, he may lodge such complaints to the Department within thirty-five days from the date on which the patent is seen or a copy of such patent document is taken
• Registration Duration: 7 years from registration date
• Renewal Duration: 7 years and can be renewed twice. In other words, the patent proprietor may enjoy the exclusive patent rights for 21 years
• Renewal Application: Within 35 days from the date of expiry
• Grace Period for Renewal: Within 6 months after the expiry of the time-limit for renewal

Other Issues

• Paris Convention: Nepal is a member of the Paris Convention. A certified copy of the convention application is required to validly claim priority

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