RWANDA: Patent Applications

✓  Paris Convention
✓  PCT
✓  ARIPO
✘  OAPI

Patent protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO.

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Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
No set deadline.

Specification, Claims and Drawings
The specification, claims, drawings and abstract are required upon filing, in English or French.

Deed of Assignment
No set deadline.

Priority Documents
(if applicable), together with a verified English or French translation. There is no set deadline.

Further Information

Deadlines
30 months from earliest priority date for entering national phase under PCT.

Examination
Formal examination is conducted.

Duration
The patent has a duration of 20 years from the date of filing or the PCT International filing date, with no possible extensions.

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, subject to payment of surcharges.

Rwanda Patent Agents

Smit & van Wyk, Inc. patent agents in Africa: Our services include patent applications, maintenance and protection in Rwanda. The patent 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.

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