Patents

 International Arrangements:

  • Paris Union (from 6 April 1965)
  • WIPO (from 14 May 1977)
  • ARIPO (from 26 February 1978)
  • PCT (from 15 November 2001)

Types of Patents Available:

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

Novelty Requirements:

Absolute novelty is required. However, information disclosed to the public during the twelve months preceding the filing date or priority date claimed in a patent application shall not destroy the novelty of the invention, where the information is disclosed by a third party who derived the information from the inventor; was made due to, or in consequence of, the inventor displaying the invention at an international exhibition; or was to the public for the purpose of providing the result of a research undertaken by any university, research institution or development institution, within six months preceding the date of lodging an application for the grant of a patent.

Patentability:

Diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical methods for the treatment of humans and animals are not patentable. However products for use in any such methods may be patented.

Filing Requirements:

National Phase PCT Application:

  • Power of Attorney (can be late filed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English (required on the day of filing)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable (required on the day of filing)
  • Assignment of Invention (can be late filed)
  • Copy of Published International Application (required on the day of filing)
  • Copy of International Search Report (can be late filed, no set deadline)
  • Copy of International Preliminary Report on Patentability (can be late filed, no set deadline)

Patents of Invention:

  • Power of Attorney (can be late filed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English (required on the day of filing)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable (required on the day of filing)
  • Assignment of Invention (can be late filed)
  • Priority document with verified English translation (can be late filed within six months)

ARIPO patent in which Zambia is designated:

Please see aripo

ARIPO Regional Phase PCT application:

Please see aripo

Grant:

The term of a patent is twenty years from filing date.

Renewal:

Renewal fees are payable annually commencing from the third year following filing.

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