Patent

Democratic Republic of the Congo

BASIC FACTS

Patent Protected
Product Patent and Process Patent
Patentable Inventions as per Patent Act
Invention must be new, involve an inventive step, must be capable of technical use.
Inventions not Patentable
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Non-Convention Application
Yes
Convention Application
Yes
PCT National Phase Application
No
Divisional Application
Yes
Patent of Addition
Yes
Patent of Importation (Patent of Introduction)
Yes
Others
No
Utility Model Protection is provided under Patent
N/A
Type of Application
N/A
Time Period
N/A
Extended Deadline
N/A
Patent of Invention
20 years
Utility Model Patent
N/A
Design Patent
N/A
Extension of Foreign Patent
Remaining Validity Period of Foreign Patent
Exceptions (e.g. Pharmaceutical Patents)
Pharmaceuticals Patents are valid for 15 years

PROSECUTION

Basic Number of Pages
N/A
Basic Number of Claims
N/A
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
French
Translation required
Yes
Due date to file the translation
3 Months
Power of Attorney (In case of individual applicant, copy of passport is required)
Signed
Deed of Assignment
Notarized
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
No
International Preliminary Examination Report (IPEA), in case of PCT
No
Declaration of Ownership
No
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
5 Months
Deadline to File the Reply
6 Months
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Yes
Period of Permissible Extension
6 Months
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
5 Months
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 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
1 Month

OPPOSITION

Applicability of Opposition
N/A