MALAWI: Patent Applications

✓  Paris Convention
✓  PCT

Patent protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO.

Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
Required upon filing.

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

Deed of Assignment
No set deadline.

Priority Documents
(if applicable) must be filed within 6 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 16 years from date of filing or the PCT International filing date, with a possible extension of 5 years or in rare circumstances, 10 years.

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.

Malawi Patent Agents

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