Botswana REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA



Smit & Van Wyk, Inc. intellectual property attorneys specialize in design applications and design renewals in most African countries including Botswana.

INTERNATIONAL TREATIES

DESIGN PROTECTION

Applications
Design applications to be filed with the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Application Requirements
Power of Attorney
6 sets of formal drawings
Certified priority document.

Design Requirements
New and original

Designs that cannot be registered:
Designs that are concerned only with how a product works, or
for parts of complex products that are not visible in normal use, or
contrary to law or morality.

Design Requirements
Aesthetic, functional, industrial, graphic or product design, or patterns.

Design Classifications
Locarno Classification

Design Protection Duration
15 years from the date of the application

Design Renewals
Every 5 years from the date of the last application

DESIGN LICENSING

The registered design owner (licensor) grants another party (licensee) permission or authorization to use the registered design. This is an agreement between the two parties and may require the licensee to pay the design owner (licensor) royalties.

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