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Tanzania Patents

Patent & Design Protection

Tanzania Patents may be filed through the ARIPO union where the applicant may file a single application designating the specific contracting states either directly at ARIPO or through a contracting state. The relevant protocol on Patents for ARIPO is the Harare Protocol, which authorises ARIPO to register Patents on behalf of Harare Protocol Contracting States, including TanzaniaTanzania Patents are valid for 20 years from the filing date with possible extensions of 2 further terms of 5 years each. Tanzania is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property) and the Madrid Protocol (an international system for obtaining trade mark protection for a number of regions through a single application).

Types of Patents:

  • Patents of Invention
  • National Phase PCT Application
  • ARIPO application or ARIPO Regional Phase PCT application

Filing Requirements:

Non-PCT applications:

  • Simply signed Power of Attorney (can be late filed)
  • Specification, claims, drawings and abstract with English translation (required upon filing)
  • International Patent Classification (can be late filed)
  • Deed of assignment (can be late filed)
  • Certified copy of the priority document (if applicable) with verified English translation (must be filed within 3 months of the filing date)

PCT applications:

  • Simply signed Power of Attorney (can be late filed)
  • Specification, claims, drawings and abstract with English translation (required upon filing)
  • International Patent Classification (can be late filed)
  • Deed of assignment (can be late filed)
  • Published International application (required upon filing)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (can be late filed)

ARIPO application where Tanzania is designated or ARIPO Regional Phase PCT application.

Novelty:

Absolute novelty required.

Patentability:  

Methods of medical diagnosis, treatment or surgery are not patentable.

Examination: 

Formal examination (and substantive examination for inventions in specified technical fields).

Duration/Renewals: 

The patent has a duration of 10 years from date of filing, with possible extensions of 2 further terms of 5 years each. Annual renewal fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date. An ARIPO patent has a duration of 20 years from the date of filing.

International and Regional Systems:

  • Paris Convention
  • PCT
  • ARIPO

Types of Designs:

  • Industrial Designs

Filing Requirements:

A UK design will automatically extend to Tanzania without re-registration. An ARIPO application can also be filed designating Tanzania however, there is no guarantee that an ARIPO design will be enforceable. There is currently no provision for independent design registration in Tanzania.

Duration/Renewals:

The design will expire when the UK design expires. Annual renewal fees are not payable in the case of a UK design.

International and Regional Systems:

  • Paris Convention
  • ARIPO
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