Patents  •  Designs  •  Trade Marks
Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa with up to 70% of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. Botswana is currently Africa’s oldest continuous democracy and adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. Botswana is bordered by South Africa to the south, Namibia to the west, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula is poorly defined but is, at most, a few hundred metres long.

Botswana is a member of ARIPO which means that patents, designs or trade marks may be registered with the official intellectual property office of Botswana or with ARIPO. Read more…

Trade Marks

Nice Classification ✓
Madrid System ✘
Multi-class Applications ✓

Registration Timetable:
From Filing to Registration, 12 – 15 months.

Duration and Renewal:
Every 10 years, from the 10th anniversary of filing date.

Algeria is a First to File country
(whomever first FILES a particular trade mark gets the rights)



Paris Convention ✓
Examination ✓

Registration Timetable:
Complete Patent, 12 – 18 Months.

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



Paris Convention ✓
Locarno Classification ✓
Hague Agreement  ✘

Registration Timetable:
Registered Design, 12 – 18 Months.

Duration and Renewal:
The total duration is 10 years from the date of filing the application, which is divided into 2 terms. The initial term is 1 year, which is extendable upon payment of renewal fees for a further 9-year term. The extension must be requested on filing or within the first year.



Copyright can not be registered in Botswana. Any work originating in Botswana, where the author is a national of Botswana is given the same copyright protection in each of the other Berne Convention member countries.


Botswana’s key economic sectors:
Botswana depends largely on services (45.2%), industry (52.9%) and agriculture (1.9%) linked to the trade with South Africa.

Botswana is one of world’s largest producers of:
Botswana is the world’s largest producer of diamonds and the trade has transformed it into a middle-income nation.

Main Export Partners (2016):
Belgium, India, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Singapore, Israel, Hong Kong, Namibia.

Main Import Partners (2016):
South Africa, Canada, Israel.