Patent

Organisation Africaine de la Propriete Intellectuelle

BASIC FACTS

Patent Protected
Product Patent and Process Patent
Patentable Inventions as per Patent Act
Inventions which satisfy the conditions of novelty, inventive step and capable of industrial application, are subjected to patentability.
Inventions not Patentable
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Non-Convention Application
No
Convention Application
Yes
PCT National Phase Application
Yes
Divisional Application
No
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
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
N/A
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
Yes
Language of Specification
French or English
Translation required
Yes
Due date to file the translation
On Filing Date
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
Copy
International Search Report (ISR), in case of PCT
Yes
International Preliminary Examination Report (IPEA), in case of PCT
Yes
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
N/A
Deadline to File the Reply
3 Months
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Yes
Period of Permissible Extension
1 Month
Time Frame for Issuance of Decision
N/A
Applicability of Examination
Mandatory
Time of Examination
Pre-Publication
Time Frame from the Date of Application
N/A
Deadline to File the Reply
3 Months
Permissible Extension to File the Reply
Yes
Period of Permissible Extension
1 Month
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
No
Time Frame of Publication from Date of Acceptance
N/A

OPPOSITION

Applicability of Opposition
N/A