RWANDA

Patents  •  Designs  •  Trade Marks
Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is one of the smallest countries on the African continent and bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the DRC. The economy is based mostly on subsistence agriculture by local farmers using simple tools. Coffee and tea are the major cash crops for export. Tourism is a fast-growing sector and is now the country’s leading foreign exchange earner.

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

Trade Marks

Nice Classification ✓
Madrid System ✘
Multi-class Applications ✓
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Registration Timetable:
From Filing to Registration, 6 – 12  Months.

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

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

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Patents

Paris Convention ✓
PCT ✓
Examination ✓
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We recommend filing an ARIPO application rather than a national application directly in Rwanda.

ARIPO Registration Timetable:
Complete Patent, 12 – 18 Months.

ARIPO 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. Annual maintenance fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date or from the PCT International filing date.  Renewal fee costs are dependent on the number of designated states.

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Designs

Paris Convention ✓
Locarno Classification ✘
Hague Agreement ✓
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We recommend filing an ARIPO application rather than a national application directly in Rwanda.

ARIPO Registration Timetable:
Registered Design, 12 – 18 Months.

ARIPO Duration and Renewal:
The design has a duration of 10 years from the date of filing. Annual renewal fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date and must be paid to the ARIPO office. 

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Copyright

Copyright can be registered in Rwanda.

Duration:
Minimum term of life + 50 years, except for photographs.

Renewal:
None

Economy

Rwanda’s key economic sectors:
Energy, agriculture, trade and hospitality, and financial services. Rwanda’s economy is heavily dependent on agriculture.

Rwanda is one of world’s largest producers of:
Coffee, Tea, geranium oil, hides, tin ore.

Main Export Partners (2016):
Kenya, DRC, China, Malaysia, United States, Swaziland, Pakistan

Main Import Partners (2016):
Kenya, Uganda, United Arab Emirates.