Jordan has joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), becoming the 152nd member of the system.

The permanent representative to international organisations in Geneva, Saja Majali, deposited her country’s instrument of accession to the PCT.

She was joined by Francis Gurry, director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The PCT enables patent applicants to seek protection in 152 countries through a single application and is administered by WIPO.

Jordan will become bound by the PCT on June 9.

In February, WIPR reported that WIPO had published its three millionth patent application under the PCT.

On the same day, Gurry emphasised the need for the PCT system to “further evolve” so it can continue to function as a “primary tool to support innovation”.

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