Patent

ARIPO

BASIC FACTS

Patent Protected
Product Patent and Process Patent
Patentable Inventions as per Patent Act
An invention shall be Patentable if it is new, involve an inventive step and are susceptible of industrial application.
Inventions not Patentable
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Non-Convention Application
Yes
Convention Application
Yes
PCT National Phase Application
Yes
Divisional Application
Yes
Patent of Addition
No
Patent of Importation (Patent of Introduction)
No
Others
No
Utility Model Protection is provided under Patent
N/A
Type of Application
N/A
Time Period
31 Months
Extended Deadline
At the discretion of the ARIPO Office
Patent of Invention
20 Years
Utility Model Patent
10 Years
Design Patent
N/A
Extension of Foreign Patent
N/A
Exceptions (e.g. Pharmaceutical Patents)
N/A

PROSECUTION

Basic Number of Pages
30 Pages
Basic Number of Claims
10 Claims
Basic Number of Dependent Claims
N/A
Basic Number of Independent Claims
N/A
Types of Claims
Omnibus
Invention Specification
N/A
Language of Specification
English
Translation required
Yes
Due date to file the translation
2 Months
Power of Attorney (In case of individual applicant, copy of passport is required)
Signed
Deed of Assignment
Signed
Priority Document, with required translation
Certified
Incorporation Certificate, with required translation
Signed
Home / Foreign Registration Certificate, with required translation
Certified
International Search Report (ISR), in case of PCT
Yes
International Preliminary Examination Report (IPEA), in case of PCT
Yes
Declaration of Ownership
Signed
Declaration of Nationality
Signed
Copy of Inventor's Passport
No
Other Documents
No
Applicability of Examination
Mandatory
Time of Examination
Pre-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
2 -3 Months
Deadline to File the Reply
6 Months
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Yes
Period of Permissible Extension
At the discretion of the ARIPO Office
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
N/A
Applicability of Examination
Mandatory
Time of Examination
Pre-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
12 -14 Months
Deadline to File the Reply
6 Months
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Yes
Period of Permissible Extension
At the discretion of the ARIPO Office
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
N/A
Applicability of Examination
N/A
Time of Examination
N/A
Time Frame from the Date of Application
N/A
Deadline to File the Reply
N/A
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
N/A
Period of Permissible Extension
N/A
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
N/A
Applicability of Publication
No
Time Frame of Publication from Date of Acceptance
N/A
Applicability of Publication
Yes
Time Frame of Publication from Date of Acceptance
6 Months

OPPOSITION

Applicability of Opposition
N/A