Jordan - Country Commercial Guide
Protecting Intellectual Property

Provides advice on IPR protection, including information on the registration of patents and trademarks.

Last published date: 2021-10-25

Jordan has passed several laws in compliance with international commitments to the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR).  Laws consistent with Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) now protect trade secrets, plant varieties, and semiconductor chip designs.  The Ministry of Culture’s National Library Department is responsible for registering copyrights, and patents are registered with the Registrar of Patents and Trademarks at the Ministry of Industry and Trade.  Jordan is a signatory to the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the Madrid Protocol, and accordingly, amended its patent and trademark laws in 2007 to enable ratification of the agreements.  Jordan is a signatory to World Intellectual Property Organization treaties on both copyrights and on performances and phonographs, and it has been developing updated laws for copyrights, trademark standards, and customs regulations to meet international standards.  Jordanian firms can seek joint ventures and licensing agreements with multinational partners.  In 2017, Jordan acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT); the treaty entered into force October of 2017.

The government’s record on IPR protection remains mixed.  Jordan’s record on IPR enforcement has improved in recent years, but more effective enforcement mechanisms and legal procedures are still needed.  A large portion of videos and software sold in the marketplace continues to consist of pirated content.  Enforcement action against audio/video and software piracy is growing in frequency and improving in its targeting capability.  More than 5934 cases related to IP have been sent to courts between 2000-2016, and 317 cases were sent to court alone in 2016, averaging 25 IP cases per month.

As a resource for American stakeholders and to improve IPR systems in Jordan and the region, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office places an Intellectual Property Attaché for the Middle East and North Africa region based in the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Please see: IP Attaché — Abu Dhabi | USPTO