In our experience, it is better to file an ARIPO regional application designating at least Malawi rather than a national application directly in Malawi. The main reason for our opinion is that ARIPO is run by WIPO and, accordingly, operates much more efficiently than the Malawian Patent and Design Offices. Furthermore, the cost of filing an ARIPO application designating only Malawi is about the same as the cost of filing a national application directly in Malawi. A further benefit of the ARIPO route is that it is possible to designate other ARIPO member countries by paying additional designation fees at a relatively nominal surcharge.
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