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Patent information: FAQ

Introduction to patent searching. Basic patent information as well as useful resources are included.


Q: Can I publish a description of the invention before it is patented?

A: The patent application should be filed first. Otherwise your publication will be a reason to reject the patent. After the application is filed, you are free to publish.

Q: Who at KAUST should I contact if I believe my invention is patentable?

Contact the Technology Transfer Office at Economic Development for further information about funding, guidelines and policies.

Q: What is a "patent family"?

This is a group of patent documents from various countries that protect a single invention.

For answers to more of your patent questions see the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) FAQ.