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ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation) with a central registry in Harare, Zimbabwe facilitates the central filing of patents, designs and trademarks.

 

Trademarks
Member States: Botswana, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

General Info:

(1.) The duration of protection of a trademark application in ARIPO is 10 years from the date of application. Thereafter renewable for further terms of 10 years.

(2.) Use is subject to national laws.

(3.) ARIPO members are signatory to the Paris Convention. Accordingly priority may be claimed while filing applications in ARIPO.

(4.) Multiple class registrations: appl

Filing requirements

(1.) Full name, address and legal status of the applicant (including trading style, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated).

(2.) List of goods and/or services.
(3.) A simply signed Power of Attorney in English.
(4.) welve prints for a device mark - not exceeding 9 cm x 9 cm

(5.) If Convention priority is claimed, a certified true copy of priority documents, together with a verified English translation if appropriate

Patents
The member countries (17 in no.) for patents are Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

General Info:

1. ARIPO is a member of the International Convention and of the PCT.

2. ARIPO patent applications are examined substantively between about 24 and 48 months from filing.

3. If an ARIPO patent application is based on a PCT application, no Search or Examination fees will be payable later on (if the PCT Search and Examination results are filed at ARIPO).

4. No fees are payable in the individual designated countries upon grant as granted ARIPO patents automatically extend to all designated countries.

The requirements for filing a non-PCT application

The requirements for filing a PCT application

Power of Attorney (simply signed) - can be late filed within 2 months

  • Same as the other one

Specification, claims, drawings, and abstract in English - required on the day of filing

  • Same as the other one

Assignment of Invention - can be late filed, no set deadline

Copy of PCT International advertisement - required on day of filing

Priority document with verified English translation - can be late filed, within 3 and 6 months, respectively

Copy of International Search Report - can be late filed, no set deadline; and Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report - can be late filed, no set deadline.

Design

An application is made in the contracting state or in the ARIPO office and country in which protection is sought is designated

  • Simple Power of Attorney
  • Priority documents
  • Drawings
  • Deed of Assignment

The duration of registration is 10 years and annual maintenance fees must be paid

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