DRC: Patent Applications

✓  Paris Convention
✘  PCT

Democratic Republic of Congo
Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
Must be notarised, is required upon filing.

Specification, claims, drawings and abstract
The specification, claims, drawings and abstract are required upon filing in any language. A French translation of the documents must be filed within 5 months of the date of filing.

Deed of Assignment
Must be notarised, must be in French or filed with a French translation (no set deadline).

Priority Document (if applicable)
(if applicable) Together with a verified French translation, must be filed within 5 months of the filing date.

Further Information

Formal examination is conducted.

The patent has a duration of 20 years from the date of filing. Patents relating to medicine only have a duration of 15 years.

Maintenance fees / Renewal fees
Annual maintenance fees are payable from the second anniversary of the filing date.

DRC Patent Agents

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