Saudi Arabia Announces Accession to the Budapest Treaty for the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure

The Saudi Council of Ministers approved the Kingdom’s accession to the Budapest Treaty on the 26th of August 2020. The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purpose of Patent Procedure, signed on April 28, 1977, was amended on September 26, 1980. This treaty eliminates the need to deposit microorganisms in each country where patent protection is sought.

Under the treaty, the deposit of a microorganism with an “international depositary authority” satisfies the deposit requirements of treaty members’ national patent laws. An “international depositary authority” is capable of storing biological material and has established procedures that assure compliance with the Budapest Treaty. Such procedures include requirements that the deposit will remain available for the life of the patent and that samples will be furnished only to those persons or entities entitled to receive them.

The establishment of “international depositary authorities” offers several advantages to both patent applicants and contracting states. Patent applicants benefit because the need to deposit in many countries in which they seek patent protection is dramatically reduced. Since a single deposit in any “international depositary authority” will satisfy the national disclosure requirements of any member state, patent applicants’ costs are much lower. Using a single authority as a deposit increases the deposit’s security and provides a mechanism of distribution of the deposit. Contracting states benefit because they can rely on the treaty’s uniform standards to assure effective deposit and public availability. They no longer need to independently establish a ‘recognized’ depositary to meet national patentability disclosure requirements.

There are currently eighty-two (82) member states that have signed this treaty, with Saudi Arabia as the newest member.

For further information in respect of the above, please contact Baianat-IP Saudi Office at Saudi@baianat-ip.com



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