On 23 June 2016, the Minister Delegate to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Hassan Houmed Ibrahim deposited Djibouti’s instrument of accession to the PCT with WIPO. The Treaty will enter into force in Djibouti on 23 September 2016. With the accession of Djibouti, the PCT has reached the milestone of 150 member states. Prior to Djibouti’s accession to the PCT, patent protection was only available by way of a convention application or a non-convention application. The accession of Djibouti to the PCT provides applicants with the opportunity to enter the PCT international phase, thereby receiving the benefits of search and examination reports and patentablity analysis issued by WIPO which will assist applicants in making informed decisions about entering the national phase.
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