SÃO TOMÉ AND PRÍNCIPE: Patent Applications

✓  Paris Convention
✓  PCT

Patent protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO.

Sao Tome
Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
Required upon filing, must be in Portuguese.

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

Deed of Assignment
No set deadline.

Priority Documents
(if applicable) must be filed with a verified Portuguese translation.

Further Information

30 months from earliest priority date for entering national phase under PCT.

Formal examination is conducted.

The patent has a duration of 20 years from the 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, subject to the payment of surcharges.

São Tomé and Príncipe Patent Agents

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