Where to Find Patent Documents from the Gulf Cooperation Council

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I recently learned that the Derwent World Patent Index now covers granted patents from the Gulf Cooperation Council.  According to the GCC Patent Office website, the GCC defines itself as:

A regional office for the Gulf Cooperation Council, which comprises the States of United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, State of Qatar, and State of Kuwait. Certificates of Patents granted by the GCC Patent Office secure legal protection of the inventor’s rights in all Member States.

Bibliographic data on GCC patent documents seems to be relatively difficult to locate; I’ve only found a handful of resources that cover the granted patents or patent applications from the GCC.  I’ll give a brief overview of the GCC, and then we can compile a list of where to find their patent documents!

Overview of the GCC

Stephen Adams describes in Information Sources in Patents (2nd ed.) how “the Patent Office of the Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, to give its full title, was established in 1995 and is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia” (110).  The patent office started receiving applications in October 1998, the the office began to publish their gazette in 2000 (Adams 110).  A visit to the GCC Patent Office’s website, available in English here, reveals the the GCC has published 14 issues of their official patent gazette.  The 14th issue was published September 30, 2010.  A search on Espacenet for published patents with country code GC in the Worldwide database displays 412 records.  Although this number of results certainly isn’t an exact calculation of how many patents have been issued by the GCC, this number does give an indication of the size of the GCC collection of granted patents available through Espacenet.

Where to Find GCC Patent Data

GCC Patent Office Website

The GCC’s official patent gazette lists the recently granted patent applications under the section “Applications approved for grant by decision, subject to completion of processing” (Adams 110).  This official gazette and the front pages of the patent applications are accessible through the GCC Patent Office website under the link “Patents Bulletin.”   Beginning with the second issue (which covers March 1998 to June 2002), users can access a PDF version of the gazette.  Beginning with the third issue (March 1998 to December 2003), users can also access a web page version of the gazette index.  Users can view the titles, application numbers, patent numbers, granting dates, and a PDF version of the front page of the patent application through the gazette indexes.  The PDF front pages include an English-language abstract and image.  The indexes are not searchable, except using (ctrl+f) to search the entire webpage by keyword.

Front page of a patent application from the GCC Patent Office website.


According to Adams, “in December 2004, the EPO announced that they would begin to load the complete collection of all GCC granted patents (KD GC-A), starting from GC-0000001-A granted 2002, into its INPADOC database” (110).   The coverage information (PDF) for the Worldwide database on Espacenet indicates that the database currently hosts at least 200 documents from the GCC for 2000-2010, including the documents’ bibliographic data, English title, images, and IPC classification.  A search for country code GC in the “publication number” field of the advanced search form for the Worldwide database will display all patent document records from the GCC in the Worldwide database of Espacenet.  Many GC document records link to equivalent document records that include full text of descriptions and claims.

Full record view for a GCC granted patent on Espacenet.

Derwent World Patent Index (DWPI)

A recent discussion appeared on the “DWPI users” LinkedIn group, titled “DWPI Now Covers 45 Patent Authorities: New Coverage – Gulf Cooperation Council” from Customer Relations Manager at Thomas Reuters, Bob Stembridge.  It should be noted that since “DWPI  users” is a closed group, only group members will have access to this discussion.  Bob states that granted GCC patents published since 2002 will be added to the database, and special indexing, like chemical fragmentation and polymer codes, will be added to some documents.  DWPI seems to have been slowly adding the GCC patent documents to their database since at least March, since three DWPI coverage updates from March indicate that 3, 31, and 97 GCC documents were added (or updated).

Conclusion- How is each resource useful, and where else can I search?

Espacenet is the best free resource for accessing bibliographic data on granted GCC patents, since the data is indexed and searchable.  Users can also view the equivalent documents for these granted patents and thereby access the full text of the document’s claims and descriptions in English.  Although the GCC Patent Office website offers PDF versions of the of the front pages of the patent applications from their official gazette, these records aren’t searchable.  Users must simply browse through the document titles in each issue’s index in order to locate relevant patent applications.  The subscription-based DWPI will add valuable indexing and classification to the bibliographic data of these documents, such as the chemical fragmentation codes and polymer indexing.  However, none of these resources offer full-text coverage of all patent applications and granted patents since 1998.  Check out the Interactive Patent Coverage Map on Intellogist to locate other resources that cover patent data for countries in the Gulf Coast region.

Are you aware of any other databases or resources that host bibliographic data or full text of GCC patent documents?  Let us know in the comments!

Additional Sources

Technical Translations from Landon IP

This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.

10 Responses

  1. Hi,

    There are 2 gazettes with bibliographic data for granted patents:

    (1) English version (issues 2 onwards)
    (2) Arabic version (has live link to issue 1)

    Espacenet has coverage from 2002-2007 but the gazettes are more current with 6 monthly updates.

    • Thanks for providing the link to the Arabic version. I was wondering where to find a live link to the first issue of the gazette!

  2. Hi Jmornini
    Thanks for information. it is really useful. Do you have any idea about TRIPS plus provision in GCC countries.



  3. It should be noted that LexisNexis TotalPatent also contains the biblio from the GCC. We have approximately the same coverage as the PCT – a search brings up 413 documents and we continue to add them as they become available. The current coverage is from 2002-2007, granted patents only, with approximately 30% of them containing abstracts. We also provide the front page from the Gazette, which contains an English language abstract.

  4. Espacenet, TotalPatent, Patbase and Orbit (FamPat) all cover the same GC publications, i.e. nr. 1-413 published between 2002-2007 (with the same abstracts). The highest number in the Gazettes is 1479.

    At the request of the users (esp. the PDG), Thomson Reuters has now started to cover the GC publications in DWPI. The set is far from complete yet (per today 317 records), but it also covers recent publications, The set of GC1000-GC1156 seems to be complete, before that there are still gaps, and after that no coverage at the moment, but I expect complete coverage in the course of this year.

    There is also a search engine for the English front page information on the GCCPO website:
    http://www.gccpo.org/gserach.htm (with the typo). It is rather basic, but quicker than browsing through all the Gazettes.

  5. PatBase has bibliographic coverage for GCC patents that mirrors what is found on Espacenet – granted patents from the period 2002 to 2007.

    A search on the GC country code currently retrieves over 400 records. As PatBase is a family database, in cases where a GCC patent has been filed in other countries users will be able to access English language Full Text for equivalent patents.

  6. […] patent office websites are a mixed bag.  As we’ve seen with the GCC website, smaller regional patent offices made up of developing countries often don’t host a […]

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