LESOTHO: Patent Applications
✓ Paris Convention
Patent protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO.
Power of Attorney
Must be notarised (no set deadline).
Specification, Claims and Drawings
The specification, claims, drawings and abstract are required upon filing.
Description of the design
(no set deadline).
Deed of Assignment
No set deadline.
(if applicable) must be filed within 3 months of the filing date.
30 months from earliest priority date for entering national phase under PCT.
Formal examination is conducted.
The patent has a duration of 15 years from the date of filing or the PCT International filing date, with a possible extension of 5 years. (20 years for an ARIPO patent).
Maintenance fees / Renewal fees
Annual maintenance fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date or from the PCT International filing date. There is a 6-month grace period to pay the maintenance fees
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