ARIPO: Design Applications

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ARIPO Design Applications

Design protection is obtainable through a national filing or ARIPO.

Any of the member states are included in a patent application:
Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome e Principe, Sierra Leone, Sudan (excluding South Sudan), Swaziland, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
(no set deadline).

Artwork
Drawings or photographs are required upon filing

Novelty
A description of the novelty is required upon filing.

Deed of Assignment
Must be filed within 3 months of the filing date.

Priority Documents
(if applicable) Must be filed within 3 months of the filing date.

Further Information

Deadlines
Priority can be claimed 6 months from the first filing date according to the Paris Convention.

Duration
The design has a duration of 10 years from the date of filing.

Maintenance fees/Renewal fees
Annual renewal fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date and must be paid to the ARIPO office.  There is a 6-month grace period to pay the renewal fees.

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