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“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second best time is now” – African Proverb

Many South African law firms hold themselves out as “the gateway to Africa”, but even the firms with offices in more than one country still rely on local agents for work in most of Africa.

We have developed relationships with local agents in all of the African countries and we are well able to assist clients in securing intellectual property rights in every African country.

This map highlights Africa’s markets and territories and the intellectual property systems in place. We are able to assist in all of these countries.

Regional Filing Systems in Africa

OAPI – Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle

  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Ivory Coast
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Comoros

ARIPO – African Intellectual Property Organization

  • Botswana
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibi
  • Rwanda São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

PCT – Patent Cooperation Treaty

  • All Countries, with the exception of Burundi, Dijibouti and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Botswana
Patent
International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements ARIPO PCT WTO Paris Convention
Types of Patents Available
  • Patents of Invention
  • National Phase PCT Application
  • ARIPO Application
  • ARIPO regional Phase PCT Application
Patentable Subject Matter An invention is patentable if it is new, involves an inventive step, is industrially applicable or is a new use. The following are not patentable:

  • Inventions contrary to public order or morality;
  • Presentation of information;
  • Scientific or mathematical theories, plant varieties, animal breeds, biological processes for obtaining plants or animals;
  • Schemes and/or combinations relating to finance, intellectual processes or games of chance;
  • Processes of curing disease in the field f medicine, veterinary science or methods of diagnosis;
  • Computer programmes;
  • Ornaments
 Novelty Requirements  Absolute novelty is a requirement. However, information disclosed to the public within twelve months from filing date or priority date will not destroy novelty of the invention;

  • Provided the information is disclosed by the inventor; or
  • By a third party who derived information from the inventor.
 Filing requirements: ARIPO Regional PCT Application
  •  Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specifications, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • International Patent Classification
  • Copy of PCT International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report
 Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)
  • Power of attorney(simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Assignment of Invention
  • Priority document with verified English translation
 Examination  ARIPO Protocol amended to twenty years from filing date. However some national legislation not yet in line and thus position unclear.
 Extensions and Supplementary Protection certificates (if applicable)   
 Renewal  Renewal fees are payable annually on the anniversary of the filing date.
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Algeria
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris Convention , PCT, Patent Law Treaty, WIPO

Types of Patents Available

  • Patents of invention
  • Patents of addition
  • National Phase PCT Application

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Title in French with Arabic translation
  • Copy of the published International Application
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Specification, claims and abstract in Arabic
  • Copy of International Search Report

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, Claims and Abstract in French
  • Formal Drawings, if applicable
  • Assignment of priority rights
  • Priority document with verified French translation

Duration

A Patent is valid for twenty years from application filing date.

Renewal

Renewal fees are payable annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Botswana
Patent
International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements ARIPO, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, WIPO, Berne Convention, WTO, Harare Protocol, Paris Convention, Hague Agreement, Madrid Protocol
Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies. A single application may cover more than one class of goods and/or services.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Collective marks
Filing requirements  Absolute novelty is a requirement. However, information disclosed to the public within twelve months from filing date or priority date will not destroy novelty of the invention;

  • Provided the information is disclosed by the inventor; or
  • By a third party who derived information from the inventor.
Duration and Renewal

Power of attorney, simply signed.

One or more prints of the mark

 Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for subsequent further periods of ten years.

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Algeria
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, WIPO, Paris Convention, Madrid Agreement, Nice Agreement , Lisbon Agreement , Nairobi Treaty, Rome Convention, Nice Agreement

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies. A single application may cover any number of classes of goods and services.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Collective marks
  • Service marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney, in French (simply signed).
  • Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Angola
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

PCT, Paris Convention, WIPO, WTO

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of attorney (notarised and legalised)
  • Specification, Claims and Abstract in Portuguese
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • International Patent Classification
  • Copy of PCT International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report

Duration

A patent is valid for fifteen years from filing date.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the date of filing.

 

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Angola
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, Paris Convention, WTO

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Collective marks
  • Series marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (legalised).
  • Representation of the trade mark.
  • Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation (legalised).
  • Statement of use (legalised).

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for a subsequent period of ten years.

 

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Benin
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

PCT, OAPI, Paris Convention, WIPO

Filing requirements: OAPI Regional Phase PCT Application

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Assignments of priority rights
  • Copy of international publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary report on Patentability
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English or French
  • Formal drawings, where applicable

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English or French
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Assignments of priority rights
  • Priority document with verified English or French translation

Duration

A valid patent is effective in all OAPI member states and is valid for twenty years.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Benin
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, International Convention (Stockholm), Paris Convention, Hague Agreement, WIPO Copyright Treaty, Nice Agreement, Berne Convention, WTO, AIPO, Nairobi Treaty

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies. A single application may cover any number of classes of goods.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Collective marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (simply signed).
  • Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Burkina Faso
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

PCT, Paris Convention , WIPO, OAPI, Patent Law Treaty

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English or French
  • Copy of international publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Assignments of priority rights
  • Copy of International Preliminary report on Patentability

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Assignments of priority rights
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English or French
  • Priority document with verified English or French translation

Duration

A valid patent is effective in all OAPI member states and is valid for twenty years.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

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Burkina Faso
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

International Convention (Stockholm), Lisbon Agreement, Trade Mark Registration Treaty, Berne Convention, WIPO, Rome Convention, Singapore Treaty, Trade Mark Law Treaty, Hague Agreement, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, WTO, AIPO, Paris Convention

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies. A single application may cover any number of classes of goods.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Collective marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Burundi
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, Paris Convention, WTO, Patent Law Treaty

Filing requirements: Patents of Importation

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specifications, Claims and Abstract in French
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Certified copy of foreign granted patent

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specifications, Claims and Abstract in French
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Assignment of Priority Rights
  • Priority Document with verified English Translation

Duration

A valid patent is effective for twenty years from date of filing. A patent of importation lasts for the unexpired term of the foreign patent.

Renewal

No renewal fees are payable

 

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Burundi
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

International Convention (Stockholm), WIPO, Paris Convention

Classification

The International Classification of goods is recognised.

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney in French (simply signed).
  • Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

Registration is for an unlimited period.

 

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Cameroon
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

PCT, OAPI, Paris Convention, WIPO

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

· Power of attorney (simply signed)

· Specification, claims and abstract in English or French

· Formal drawings, if applicable

· Assignments of priority rights

· Copy of international publication

· Copy of International Search Report

· Copy of International Preliminary report on Patentability

Duration

A valid patent is effective in all OAPI member states and is valid for twenty years.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Cameroon
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, International Convention (Stockholm), Paris Convention, Singapore Treaty, WIPO, WTO, Hague Agreement, AIPO

Filing requirements

Power of attorney (simply signed)

Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Central African Republic
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

PCT, WIPO, Paris Convention, OAPI

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English or French
  • Copy of International Preliminary report on Patentability
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Assignments of priority rights
  • Copy of international publication
  • Copy of International Search Report

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Assignments of priority rights
  • Priority document with verified English or French translation
  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English or French
  • Formal drawings, where applicable

Duration

Effective in all OAPI member states and is valid for twenty years.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Central African Republic
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

International Convention (Stockholm), WIPO, Singapore Treaty, Hague Agreement, AIPO, Berne Convention, WTO, Paris Convention

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies. A single application may cover any number of classes of goods/services.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

· Service marks

· Collective marks

Filing requirements

Power of attorney (simply signed)

Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

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Chad
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

International Convention (Stockholm), WIPO, Berne Convention, WTO, Paris Convention, Hague Agreement, AIPO

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Collective marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

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Chad
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

PCT, Paris Convention, WIPO, OAPI

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

· Power of attorney (simply signed)

· Assignments of priority rights

· Copy of international publication

· Copy of International Search Report

· Specification, claims and abstract in English or French

· Formal drawings, if applicable

· Copy of International Preliminary report on Patentability

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

· Power of attorney (simply signed)

· Specification, claims and abstract in English or French

· Formal drawings, if applicable

· Assignments of priority rights

· Priority document with verified English or French translation

Duration

A valid patent is effective in all OAPI member states and is valid for twenty years.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Congo
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

PCT, Paris Convention, WIPO, OAPI

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

· Power of attorney (simply signed)

· Specification, claims and abstract in English or French

· Formal drawings, where applicable

· Assignments of priority rights

· Copy of international publication

· Copy of International Search Report

· Copy of International Preliminary report on Patentability

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

· Power of attorney (simply signed)

· Specification, claims and abstract in English or French

· Formal drawings, if applicable

· Assignments of priority rights

· Priority document with verified English or French translation

Duration

A valid patent is effective in all OAPI member states and is valid for twenty years.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Congo
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

PCT, Paris Convention, WIPO, OAPI

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

· Power of attorney (simply signed)

· Specification, claims and abstract in English or French

· Formal drawings, where applicable

· Assignments of priority rights

· Copy of international publication

· Copy of International Search Report

· Copy of International Preliminary report on Patentability

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

· Power of attorney (simply signed)

· Specification, claims and abstract in English or French

· Formal drawings, if applicable

· Assignments of priority rights

· Priority document with verified English or French translation

Duration

A valid patent is effective in all OAPI member states and is valid for twenty years.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Democratic Republic of Congo
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, WTO, Paris Convention

Filing requirements:

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, Claims and Abstract in French and then in any language
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Certified copy of basic foreign granted patent.

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, Claims and Abstract in French and then in any language
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Priority document with verified French translation.
  • Assignment of Priority Rights, where applicable
  • Assignment of Invention, where applicable

Duration

A valid patent lasts up to twenty from date of filing. Patents in the pharmaceutical field last fifteen years from the filing date. Patents of importation last for as long as the foreign patent lasts.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Democratic Republic of Congo
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, WIPO, Paris Convention, Phonograms Convention, Singapore Treaty, WTO

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Collective marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (simply signed).
  • A representation of the trade mark, unless it is an ordinary word mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Egypt
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris Convention , WTO, WIPO, TRIPS, PCT

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of Attorney (legalised)
  • Copy of international publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary report on Patentability
  • Specification, Claims and Abstract in English and Arabic
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Assignment of priority rights

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of Attorney (legalised)
  • Specification, Claims and Abstract in English and Arabic
  • Priority document with verified English and Arabic translation
  • Formal drawings, if applicable (without labelling)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable (with full labelling)
  • Assignment of invention and priority rights (legalised)
  • Certificate of Incorporation (legalised)

Duration

A valid patent lasts for twenty years.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the date of filing.

 

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Egypt
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, TRIPS, Nice Agreement, Madrid Protocol,

Nairobi Treaty, Washington Treaty, Madrid Agreement, Trade Mark Law Treaty, Hague Agreement, WIPO, WTO, Paris Convention

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Certification marks
  • Collective marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney in Arabic (legalised up to Egyptian Consul.)
  • Representation of the trade mark.

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Equatorial New Guinea
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

PCT, Paris Convention, WIPO, OAPI

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English or French
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Assignments of priority rights
  • Copy of international publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary report on Patentability

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English or French
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Assignments of priority rights
  • Priority document with verified English or French translation

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Ethiopia
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, WTO

Filing requirements: Patents of Importation

  • Power of attorney (legalised)
  • Certificate of Incorporation (legalised)
  • Certified copy of basic foreign patent
  • Specification, Claims and Abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, where applicable

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of attorney (legalised)
  • Specification, Claims and Abstract in English
  • Assignment of Invention (legalised)
  • Priority Document with verified English translation
  • International Patent Classification
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Certificate of Incorporation (legalised)

Duration

A patent lasts for an initial 15 year period and may be extended for a period of up to five years.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Ethiopia
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, Nairobi Treaty

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

No provision.

Filing requirements

Power of attorney, legalised up to Ethiopian Consul.

Copy of corresponding home registration or any foreign registration legalised up to Ethiopian Consul.

Twelve prints of the trade mark.

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of six years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of six years.

Cautionary notices should be published every two years.

Licensing/Registered Users

Licensing is recognised.

 

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Equatorial New Guinea
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, Paris Convention, Hague Agreement, WIPO, AIPO, Nairobi Treaty

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Collective marks
  • Service marks

Filing requirements

Power of attorney (simply signed)

Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

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Gabon
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, WIPO, WTO, International Convention (Stockholm), Lisbon Agreement , Trade Mark Registration Treaty, Paris Convention, Trade Mark Law Treaty, WIPO Copyright Treaty , WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty, Hague Agreement, AIPO

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Collective marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Gambia
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

ARIPO, PCT, WTO, Paris Convention, WIPO, Patent Law Treaty

Filing requirements: ARIPO Regional PCT application

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specifications, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • International Patent Classification
  • Copy of PCT International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of attorney(simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Assignment of Invention
  • Priority document with verified English translation

Duration

ARIPO Protocol amended to twenty years from filing date. However some national legislation not yet in line and thus position unclear. In Gambia, valid patent lasts for fifteen years which can be extended for a period of five years if proof of working can be shown.

Renewal

Renewal fees are payable annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Gambia
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

ARIPO, Berne Convention, Harare Protocol, Paris Convention, WIPO, WTO, International Convention (Stockholm)

Filing requirements

Power of attorney, simply signed.

Six prints of the trade mark.

Procedure

Applications are examined as to inherent registrability and conflict with prior existing registrations/applications.

Oppositions

Opposition may be lodged within three months following the date of advertisement of the trade mark application.

Extension of the opposition period is possible at the discretion of the Registrar.

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of fourteen years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of fourteen years.

 

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Ghana
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

ARIPO, PCT, WTO, Paris Convention, Patent Law Treaty, WIPO

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application / ARIPO Regional Phase PCT Application

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specifications, claims and abstract in English
  • Copy of PCT International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • International Patent Classification

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Assignment of Invention
  • Priority document with verified English translation
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, if applicable

Duration

ARIPO Protocol amended to twenty years from filing date.

Renewal

Renewal fees are payable annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Ghana
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Nice Convention, Washington Treaty, Hague Agreement, Madrid Protocol, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WTO, ARIPO, Berne Convention, WIPO, Paris Convention, Singapore Treaty

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies. A separate application must be filed for each class.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

· Series marks

· Service marks

Filing requirements

Power of attorney, simply signed.

Ten prints of the trade mark

Procedure

Applications are examined as to formal requirements and conflict with prior existing registrations/applications.

Oppositions

Opposition may be lodged within two months following the date of advertisement of the trade mark application.

Extension of the opposition period is possible at the discretion of the Registrar.

Use

Registration may be cancelled if there has been no bona fide use of the trade mark for a continuous period of five years and one month up to date of application for cancellation.

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

Licensing/Registered Users

Licensing is recognised. Recordation is required in order to be effective against third parties and for use by the licensee to inure to the benefit of the Registered proprietor.

Assignment

Assignments may be made with or without goodwill. Recordation is required.

Marking

Optional

 

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Guinea
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, WIPO, Singapore Treaty, Trade Mark Law Treaty, Hague Agreement, Vienna Agreement, AIPO, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WTO, Paris Convention, Nice Agreement

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies. A single application may cover any number of classes of goods.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Collective marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney, simply signed.
  • Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Guinea
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, WIPO, Singapore Treaty, Trade Mark Law Treaty, Hague Agreement, Nice Agreement, Vienna Agreement, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WTO, Paris Convention,AIPO

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Collective marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney, simply signed.
  • Ten prints of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Guinea-Bissau
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris convention, WIPO, PCT , OAPI

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English or French
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Assignments of priority rights
  • Copy of international publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary report on Patentability

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English or French
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Assignments of priority rights
  • Priority document with verified English or French translation

Duration

A valid patent is effective in all OAPI member states and is valid for twenty years.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Guinea-Bissau
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, WIPO, WTO, Paris Convention, Hague Agreement, AIPO

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Collective marks
  • Service marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Ivory Coast
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris convention, WIPO, PCT, OAPI, Patent Law Treaty

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • pecification, claims and abstract in English or French
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Copy of International Preliminary report on Patentability
  • Assignments of priority rights
  • Copy of international publication
  • Copy of International Search Report

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Assignments of priority rights
  • Priority document with verified English or French translation
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English or French

Duration

A valid patent is effective in all OAPI member states and is valid for twenty years.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Ivory Coast
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, Nairobi Treaty, Paris Convention, Trade Mark law Treaty, Hague Agreement, AIPO, WIPO, WTO, Brussels Convention

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Collective marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Representation of the trade mark

Duration

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Kenya
Trademarks

Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, WTO, Signatory to the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, Member of ARIPO, Nairobi Treaty, Berne Union, Paris Union, Signatory to the Trade Mark Law Treaty, Madrid Agreement, Madrid Protocol

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Certification marks
  • Defensive marks
  • Service marks
  • Series marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • A representation of the mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Liberia
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris Convention, WIPO, ARIPO, PCT, Patent Law Treaty

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • International Patent Classification
  • Copy of PCT International Publication
  • Specifications, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • International Patent Classification
  • Assignment of Invention
  • Priority document with verified English translation

Duration

ARIPO Protocol amended to twenty years from filing date.

Renewal

Renewal fees are payable annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Liberia
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

ARIPO, Banjul Protocol, Berne Convention, Harare Protocol, Rome Convention, Washington Treaty, Madrid Protocol, WIPO, Madrid Agreement, Paris Convention

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks

Filing requirements

Power of attorney (legalised up to Liberian Consul)

Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of fifteen years.

 

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Libya
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris Convention, PCT, WIPO

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of Attorney (legalised)
  • Specification, Claims and Abstract in Arabic
  • Copy of PCT International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • International Patent Classification

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of attorney (legalised)
  • Specifications, Claims and Abstract in Arabic
  • Priority document with verified English and Arabic translation
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Assignment of invention and priority rights (legalised)
  • Certificate of Incorporation (legalised)

Duration

A valid Patent lasts for an initial period of fifteen years with an option to extend the patent for a further five year period, depending on the relevant area of technology.

Renewal

Renewal fees are payable annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Libya
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, WIPO, Paris Convention

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Collective marks
  • Service marks
  • Certification marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (legalised up to Libyan Consul)
  • Certificate of incorporation (legalised up to Libyan Consul)
  • Representation of the trade mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Malawi
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris Convention, ARIPO, PCT, WIPO, Patent Law Treaty

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specifications, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Copy of PCT International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report

Duration

The duration of an ARIPO Protocol patent is twenty years from filing date. A Malawian patent lasts for sixteen years. This term can be extended by up to ten years.

Renewal

Renewal fees are payable annually on the anniversary of the filing date, from the third anniversary date.

 

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Malawi
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Harare Protocol, WTO, Paris Convention , WIPO, ARIPO, Nice Agreement, Hague Convention, Banjul Protocol, Berne Convention

Classification

The International Classification of goods applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Series marks
  • Certification marks
  • Defensive marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (simply signed).
  • A representation of the mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of seven years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of fourteen years.

 

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Morocco
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, Budapest Treaty, WIPO, Nairobi Treaty, Hague Agreement, Lisbon Agreement, Nice Agreement, Madrid Protocol, Madrid Agreement , The Trade Mark Law Treaty, Brussels Convention, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WIPO Performances and Phonograms, WTO, Paris Convention

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies. A single application may cover any number of classes of goods and/or services.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Collective marks
  • Certification marks
  • Service marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Representation of the trade mark.

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Morocco
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Berne Convention, Budapest Treaty, WIPO, Nairobi Treaty, Hague Agreement, Lisbon Agreement, Nice Agreement, Madrid Protocol, Madrid Agreement , The Trade Mark Law Treaty, Brussels Convention, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WIPO Performances and Phonograms, WTO, Paris Convention

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies. A single application may cover any number of classes of goods and/or services.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Collective marks
  • Certification marks
  • Service marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Representation of the trade mark.

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Mozambique
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Agreements

Paris Union, World Trade Organization, WIPO, ARIPO, PCT

Filing Requirements:
National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of Attorney (notarised)
  • Specification and claims (in Portuguese or English), verified Portuguese translation required within 3 months of filing
  • Abstract (in Portuguese)
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Assignment of Invention, where applicable
  • Copy of Published International Application
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Report on Patentability

Duration

The term of a patent is 20 from the filing date.

Renewal

Renewal fees are payable the first anniversary after filing, every year

 

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Mozambique
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, Paris Union, Madrid Agreement, Madrid Protocol, WTO, Harare Protocol, ARIP), TRIPS

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Collective marks
  • Certification marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of Attorney (notarised), including a verified Portuguese translation.
  • A representation of the mark, except for word marks in ordinary type.
  • Priority document (if applicable), including a verified Portuguese translation

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years from the date of filing of the application, and thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Namibia
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Agreements

Paris Union, PCT, World Trade Organization, WIPO, ARIPO

National Phase PCT Application

Namibia patent legislation does not make provision for PCT applications. As a result the filing requirements for PCT applications specified have not been specified.

Patents of Invention (non-PCT)

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English
  • Assignment of Invention, where applicable
  • Formal drawings, where applicable

Renewal

Renewal fees fall due on the third, seventh and tenth anniversary of the filing date

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Namibia
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, WTO, Berne Union, Signatory to WIPO Copyright Treaty, Signatory to WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty, Madrid Agreement, Madrid Protocol, Banjul Protocol, Harare Protocol, TRIPS, ARIPO

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies. A separate trademark application is required for each class of goods and/or services.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Certification marks
  • Service marks
  • Defensive marks

Filing requirements

  • Simply signed Power of Attorney.
  • Multiple representations except for word marks in ordinary type.

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years from filing date and, renewable for subsequent further periods of ten years.

 

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Niger
Patent

International Conventions. Treaties and Agreements:

Paris Union, World Trade Organization, WIPO, OAPI, PCT, For more details see OAPI Filing Requirements

 

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Rwanda
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

PCT, Paris Convention

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specifications, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • International Patent Classification
  • Copy of PCT International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report

Duration

ARIPO Protocol amended to twenty years from filing date. However some national legislation not yet in line and thus position unclear.

Renewal

Renewal fees are payable annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Rwanda
Trademarks

Classification

International classification of goods and services applies.

Filing requirements

Power of attorney (simply signed).

Representation of the trade mark (device marks)

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years and, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

 

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Sierra Leone
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris Union, WIPO, PCT , ARIPO

Filing Requirements

Re-registration of granted UK or European (UK) Patent:

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Form of Application (simply signed)
  • Two copies of granted UK or European (UK) patent
  • Certificate from the British Comptroller giving particulars of the granted British patent

National Phase PCT Application

Sierra Leone has acceded to the PCT, however no new law has been enacted which would recognise or allow for the filing of PCT applications, nor have filing requirements for such application been specified. However, in practice the Registrar accepts PCT national phase applications which remain dormant and will be dealt with when the new law is enacted.

Draft laws exist but have not yet been passed in Sierra Leone to provide for filing national applications. Sierra Leone is a member of the International Convention, ARIPO, WTO and PCT (however, Sierra Leone has not formally ratified the Treaty). PCT based national phase applications are being accepted but remain dormant pending implementation of the new legislation.

Duration

The patent remains in force as long as the UK patent on which it is based is in force. The term of an ARIPO patent will be twenty years from the filing date.

Renewal

No renewal fees are payable

 

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Sierra Leone
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, WTO, ARIPO, Paris Union, Madrid Union, TRIPS

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Certification marks
  • Series marks
  • Registration of United Kingdom trade marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of Attorney, signed before a Notary Public or under corporate seal
  • Representation of the mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for a period of 14 years from filing date, thereafter, renewable for further periods of 14 years.

Registration based on UK registrations endure for the same period as the corresponding UK registration, and to avoid cancellation, must be renewed in Sierra Leone after renewal has been effected in the UK.

 

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Somalia
Patent

International Arrangements

WIPO, ARIPO but has not yet ratified

Duration

The term of a patent is fifteen years from the filing date, which is not extendable. The Patent of Addition expires with the main patent.

Renewal

Renewal fees fall due annually commencing on the first anniversary of the filing date.

Filing requirements:

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specifications, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • International Patent Classification
  • Copy of PCT International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report

 

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Somalia
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, ARIPO

Filing requirements

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • 15 prints, except for word marks in ordinary type.
  • Possibly also a printing block of device marks.

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for a period of twenty years from date of filing, thereafter renewable for further twenty year periods.

 

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South Africa
Patent
International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements Paris Union, WIPO , PCT
National Phase Applications under the PCT 
  •  Name(s) and address(es) of applicant(s).   
  • Name(s) and address(es) of inventor(s).   
  • Number, date and country of the basic application if Paris Convention priority is to be claimed.
  • International application number and filing date
Examination The application is subjected to formal examination only.
Duration The term is twenty years from the date of filing.
Renewal Maintenance fees are payable annually as from the third anniversary of the filing date. A 6 months grace period is available.
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South Africa
Trademarks
International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements Signatory to the WIPO performances and Phonograms, TRIPS WIPO, Paris Union, Signatory to the Trade Mark Law Treaty, Berne Union, Signatory to WIPO Copyright Treaty
Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies. 

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for the following types of marks:

  • Collective marks
  • Service marks
  • Certification marks
Filing requirements
  • Simply signed Power of Attorney
  • Priority document (if applicable), with verified English translation
  • A representation of the mark, except for word marks
Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years from filing date, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years

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Sudan
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris Union, WIPO , PCT, ARIPO

Filing Requirements:
National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of Attorney (signed under Corporate Seal or before a Notary Public
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English
  • Abstract in Arabic
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Copy of Published International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Report on Patentability

Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of Attorney (signed under Corporate Seal or before a Notary Public)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English
  • Title and abstract in Arabic
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Certificate of Incorporation (legalised)
  • Priority document with verified English translation
  • Legalization up to Sudanese Consular level is required but no notarisation. A specification in English or Arabic is needed. Abstract in Arabic is required

Duration

The term of a patent is twenty years from the filing date.

Renewal

Renewal fees of PCT applications are due annually from the International Filing Date.

 

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Sudan
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris Union, Madrid Union, WIPO, WTO, TRIPS

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies. A separate application is required for each class of goods and/or services.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of attorney (signed & including official seal or duly notarized)
  • Representation of the mark and a printing block of the trade mark
  • A copy of the certificate of incorporation, where applicable (legalised up to a Sudanese Consul)
  • Priority document (if applicable), with verified English translation
  • Meaning/Interpretation of the word mark

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of ten years from filing date, thereafter, renewable for further periods of ten years.

Marking

Marking is optional and may consist of the words “Registered Trade Mark” or suitable abbreviation such as “Regd. Tm.” or the symbol ®.

 

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Tanzania
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris Convention, the Harare Protocol, WIPO, TRIPS, the Nice Protocol

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Service marks
  • Three-dimensional marks, upon providing proof of registration from other countries
  • Collective marks
  • Series marks
  • Certification marks
  • Colour or combination of colours marks
  • Associated marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed).
  • Representation of the mark, except for word marks in ordinary type.
  • Priority document (if applicable), with verified English translation.
  • Specification of the goods and services

Duration and Renewal

  • A trade mark registration is valid for seven years from the filing date, thereafter, for further periods of ten years.

 

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Uganda
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris Union, WIPO, ARIPO , PCT

National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Relevant class(es) of the International Patent Classification
  • Assignment of Invention
  • Copy of Published International Application
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Report on Patentability

Duration

The term of a patent is fifteen years from the filing date. However, the term of the patent may be extended for a further period of five years, provided that proof is furnished that the invention is being properly worked in Uganda at the date of the request.

Renewal

Renewal fees fall due annually commencing on the first anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Uganda
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, Nairobi Treaty, Banjul Protocol, Harare Protocol, WTO, Paris Union, TRIPS, ARIPO

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Defensive marks
  • Service marks
  • Certification marks
  • Series marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Representation of the mark, except for word marks in ordinary type
  • Priority document, where applicable with verified English translation

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of seven years from date of application, thereafter, renewable for further periods of 14 years.

 

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Zambia
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

International Convention, ARIPO, PCT, WTO

Filing Requirements

A specification in English is needed.

Duration

A patent has a term of sixteen years from the date of filing of the application. The patentee may apply for an extension of the term on the grounds of inadequate remuneration.

Renewal

Maintenance fees are payable annually from the third anniversary of the filing date

 

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Zambia
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, Madrid Union (Agreement and Protocol), Paris Union, Berne Union, WTO, Harare Protocol, TRIPS, ARIPO

Classification

The International Classification of goods applies (there is no provision for services).

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:

  • Series marks
  • Certification marks
  • Defensive marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Representation of the mark
  • Certified copy of priority documents, where applicable, with verified English translation

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of 7 years from filing date, thereafter, renewable for further periods of 14 years.

 

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Zimbabwe
Patent

International Arrangements

Paris Union, PCT WIPO, ARIPO

National Phase PCT Application

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English
  • Copy of Published International Application
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Report on Patentability
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • Assignment of Invention, where applicable
  • Copy of Published International Application
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Report on Patentability

Duration

The term of a patent is twenty years from the filing date.

Renewal

Renewal fees are due from the third anniversary of the filing date, on an annual basis.

 

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Zimbabwe
Trademarks

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

WIPO, Paris Union, WTO, Berne Union, TRIPS, ARIPO, Harare Protocol, Banjul Protocol

Classification

The International Classification of goods and services applies.

Categories of Trade Marks

Provision is made for:Service marks

  • Defensive marks
  • Collective marks
  • Certification marks
  • Series marks

Filing requirements

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • A representation of the mark
  • Priority document, where applicable

Duration and Renewal

A trade mark registration is effective for an initial period of 10 years from filing date [or from the priority date if priority is claimed. The trademark can be renewed for further subsequent 10 year periods.

 

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Gambia
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

ARIPO, PCT, WTO, Paris Convention, WIPO, Patent Law Treaty

Filing requirements: ARIPO Regional PCT application

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specifications, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • International Patent Classification
  • Copy of PCT International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of attorney(simply signed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, if applicable
  • Assignment of Invention
  • Priority document with verified English translation

Duration

ARIPO Protocol amended to twenty years from filing date. However some national legislation not yet in line and thus position unclear. In Gambia, valid patent lasts for fifteen years which can be extended for a period of five years if proof of working can be shown.

Renewal

Renewal fees are payable annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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Kenya
Patent

International Conventions, Treaties and Arrangements

Paris Convention, WIPO, ARIPO, PCT, Patent Law Treaty

Filing requirements: National Phase PCT Application / ARIPO Regional Phase PCT Application

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed)
  • Specifications, claims and abstract in English
  • Formal drawings, where applicable
  • International Patent Classification
  • Copy of PCT International Publication
  • Copy of International Search Report
  • Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report

Filing requirements: Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)

  • Power of attorney (simply signed)
  • Specification and formal drawings, where applicable
  • International Patent Classification
  • Assignment of Invention
  • Claims and abstract in English
  • Priority document with verified English translation

Duration

ARIPO Protocol amended to twenty years from filing date.

Renewal

Renewal fees are payable annually on the anniversary of the filing date.

 

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