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Zanzibar Patents

Patent & Design Protection

Zanzibar Patents are valid for 10 years from the filing date and annual renewal fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date. Zanzibar is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property) and the PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty).

Types of Patents:

  • Patents of Invention
  • National 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Novelty:

Absolute novelty required.

Patentability:  

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

Examination:

Formal examination.

Duration/Renewals:

The patent has a duration of 20 years from date of filing. Annual renewal fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date.

International and Regional Systems:

  • Paris Convention
  • PCT

Types of Designs:

  • Industrial Designs

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of Attorney (can be late filed)
  • Drawings, photographs or other graphic representations of the design (required upon filing)
  • A statement indicating the kind of products for which the design is to be used (required upon filing)
  • Certified copy of priority document (if applicable) (must be filed within 3 months of the filing date)
  • Verified translation of the priority document if not filed in English (must be filed within 3 months of the filing date)
  • Deed of assignment (can be late filed)

Duration/Renewals:

The design has an initial term of 5 years from date of filing, with possible extensions of 2 further terms of 5 years each.

International and Regional Systems:

  • Paris Convention
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