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, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome e Principe, Sierra Leone, Sudan (excluding South Sudan), Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Power of Attorney
(no set deadline).
Drawings or photographs are required upon filing
A description of the novelty is required upon filing.
Deed of Assignment
Must be filed within 3 months of the filing date.
(if applicable) Must be filed within 3 months of the filing date.
Priority can be claimed 6 months from the first filing date according to the Paris Convention.
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.
ARIPO Patent Agents
Smit & van Wyk, Inc. patent agents in Africa: Our services include patent filings, maintenance and protection for ARIPO. The patent and trademark attorneys at our firm are dedicated individuals, skilled in their fields of practice, and can provide clear advice on complex legal matters to clients from all over the world.