BOTSWANA: Patent Applications

✓  Paris Convention
✓  PCT

Patent protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO.

Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
(no set deadline).

Specification, Claims and Drawings
The specification, claims, drawings and abstract are required on the day of filing.

Description of the design
(no set deadline).

Deed of Assignment
No set deadline.

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.

Applications are usually subjected to formal examination only but the Botswana Registry may submit the application to the ARIPO office for substantive examination.

The patent has a duration of 20 years from 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.

Botswana Design Agents

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