ARIPO

ARIPO applications require the applicant to designate the countries of interest in the application. A single application does not automatically include all member states.

Botswana, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leon, Liberia, Rwanda, São Tomé & Príncipe, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

classification
CLASSIFICATION
9th edition (some member states use the 7th or 8th edition) – multiclass application; however, the same application may not include both goods and services
SEARCH
Possible for word and device marks
examination
EXAMINATION
Depends on member states
opposition
OPPOSITION
3 months from the publication date
protection-term
PROTECTION TERM
10 years from the filing date and renewable for like periods
use
USE
Use depends on the national law of each member state

Filing Requirements

Simply signed POA required for all of the below procedures

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified with English translation
EQUIVALENT SEARCH
Possible by applicant name, title, priority/ PCT number
examination
EXAMINATION
As to form, novelty, inventiveness, and applicability
publications
PUBLICATION
Applications are not published prior to 18 months from the filing date or the earliest priority
opposition
OPPOSITION
No provisions
annuities
ANNUITIES
Due annually on the anniversary of the international filing date. 6 months grace period for late payment with a surcharge
protection-term
PROTECTION TERM
20 years from international filing date

Filing Requirements

Simply signed POA required for all of the below procedures

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of International Publication (with ISR if published)
  • Copy of the specifications in English
  • Deed of assignment from inventors, legalized
  • Simple copy of the priority document

What you need to know

  • Copy of POA must be submitted at the time of filing; original POA may be submitted within 2 months from filing date

World Intellectual Property Organization, Paris Convention, Patent Cooperation Treaty

Saba House, Saïd Freiha Street, Hazmieh, Beirut, Lebanon

P.O. Box 11-9421

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