Patent

Malawi

BASIC FACTS

Patent Protected
Product Patent and Process Patent
Patentable Inventions as per Patent Act
An invention is patentable if it is new, involves an inventive step, is industrially applicable or is a new use.
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
Yes
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
30 Months
Extended Deadline
N/A
Patent of Invention
16 Years (May be extended on case basis)
Utility Model Patent
N/A
Design Patent
N/A
Extension of Foreign Patent
N/A
Exceptions (e.g. Pharmaceutical Patents)
N/A

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
N/A
Invention Specification
N/A
Language of Specification
English
Translation required
No
Due date to file the translation
No
Power of Attorney (In case of individual applicant, copy of passport is required)
Signed
Deed of Assignment
Original or Certified Copy
Priority Document, with required translation
Certified
Incorporation Certificate, with required translation
No
Home / Foreign Registration Certificate, with required translation
No
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
No
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
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 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
N/A

OPPOSITION

Applicability of Opposition
N/A