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Patent Filing in ARIPO

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) was founded in 1976 and currently has 16 member states: Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania (Tanganyika), Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. ARIPO is a member of both PCT and Paris Convention.

Patent application can be filed in ARIPO either by the route of PCT or by filing directly as a conventional application.

Term of patent: 20 years from the date of filing Patent Office: ARIPO Patent Office


Paradigm to obtain a patent in ARIPO:-
  • Filing of patent application
  • Preliminary examination before publication
  • Publication of the application
  • Formal examination can be requested at any time within three years from the date of filing.
  • Compliance with the examiners office action within the given time
  • Acceptance (Notice of Allowance) or rejection.
  • Payment of the Issue Fees.
Documents required for filing of Patent Application in ARIPO

1. PCT National Phase patent filing

  • WIPO publication
  • International search report
  • International preliminary examination report (chapter II)
  • Power of Attorney

Conventional patent Filing

  • complete specification
  • formal drawing, if any
  • certified copy of the priority document
  • English translation of the specification and priority documents
  • Power of Attorney
  • Excess claims fee: RUB 2200 per claim over 5
  • Timeline for national phase entry in ARIPO is 31 months
  • Timeline for conventional filing is 12 months from date of priority