ZIMBABWE: Patent Applications

✓  Paris Convention
✓  PCT

Patent protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO.

Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
Must be filed within 6 months of the filing date.

Specification, Claims and Drawings
The specification, claims, drawings and abstract are required upon filing.

Description of the design
(no set deadline).

Deed of Assignment
Must be filed within 6 months of the filing date.

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

Further Information

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

Formal examination is conducted.

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 third anniversary of the filing date or from the PCT International filing date.  There is a 6 month grace period to pay the maintenance fees.

Zimbabwe Design Agents

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