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ARIPO




ARIPO PATENT REGISTRATIONS

ARIPO is the African Regional Industrial Property Organisation for English-speaking Africa. The member countries are Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Please note that protection can alternatively be obtained on an individual basis in any of these countries via a national application in such country.

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

The requirements for filing a non-PCT application in ARIPO are as follows:

(a) Power of Attorney (simply signed) - can be late filed within two months;
(b) Specification, claims, drawings, and abstract in English - required on the day of filing;
(c) Assignment of Invention - can be late filed, no set deadline; and
(d) Priority document with verified English translation - can be late filed, within 3 and 6 months, respectively.

The requirements for filing a PCT application in ARIPO are as follows:

(i) Power of Attorney (simply signed) - can be late filed within two months;
(ii) Specification, claims, drawings, and abstract in English - required on the day of filing;
(iii) Assignment of Invention - can be late filed, no set deadline;
(iv) Copy of PCT International publication - required on day of filing;
(v) Copy of International Search Report - can be late filed, no set deadline; and
(vi) Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report - can be late filed, no set deadline.

It is possible to designate the ARIPO member states to which the application applies. Besides the basic filing fee for an ARIPO application, designation fees of about US$ 100.00 (US$ 150.00 after 1 April 2007) per member state designated are payable at filing. The number of designated states also affects the cost of renewal which is calculated on the basis of the number of member states designated.

We estimate that the break even point for deciding whether to file National applications or an ARIPO application is somewhere between 1 and 2 designated states, depending on the countries selected, while the quality of the ARIPO patent office is such that applications are systematically processed which cannot be said for all of the contracting states if applications are filed by the National route.

 

ARIPO DESIGN REGISTRATIONS

ARIPO is the African Regional Industrial Property Organisation for English-speaking Africa. The member countries are Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Please note that protection can alternatively be obtained on an individual basis in any of these countries via a national application in such country.

ARIPO is a member of the International Convention.

The requirements for filing a design application in ARIPO are as follows:
(a) Power of Attorney (simply signed) - can be late filed within 2 months;
(b) 6 sets of formal drawings - required on the day of filing;
(c) Assignment of Design - can be late filed, no set deadline; and
(d) Priority document with verified English translation - can be late filed within 3 months and 6 months, respectively.

It is possible to designate the ARIPO member states to which the application applies. Besides the basic filing fee for an ARIPO application, designation fees of about US$ 50.00 per member state designated are payable at filing. The number of designated states also affects the cost of renewal which is calculated on the basis of the number of member states designated.

ARIPO TRADEMARK REGISTRATIONS

Member States: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe

1 Filing requirements

1.1 Full name, street address and description of the applicant (including trading styles, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated).
1.2 List of goods/services.
1.3 A simply signed power of attorney.
1.4 Twelve prints of the mark - not exceeding 9 cm x 9 cm.

2 Classification and Priority

2.1 The 42 classes of the International classification of goods and services is followed.
2 .2 Paris Convention priority must be claimed when application is filed.

3 Approximate cost for filing

3.1 1st class designating one State included in the basic fee and each additional class filed simultaneously, each US$ 100.00
3.2 1st application designating each additional State, each US$ 1200.00 each additional class filed simultaneously, each US$ 300.00