Patents

 International Arrangements:

  • Paris Union (from 18 April 1980)
  • WIPO (from 29 December 1981)
  • ARIPO (from 25 April 1984 - Harare Protocol)
  • PCT (from 11 June 1997)

Types of Patents Available:

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

Novelty Requirements:

Novelty is destroyed by:

  • Prior public use or knowledge of the invention in Zimbabwe by a third party;
  • Working of the invention anywhere in Zimbabwe otherwise than by way of reasonable technical trial or experiment;
  • Description of the invention in a patent specification available to public inspection;
  • Description of the invention in any publication; or
  • Description of the invention in an earlier Zimbabwe patent application.

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 (simply signed) (can be late filed within six months)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English (required on the day of filing)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable (required on the day of filing)
  • International Patent Classification (can be late filed, no set deadline)
  • Assignment of Invention (can be late filed, no set deadline)
  • 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 (Non-PCT):

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed) (can be late filed within six months)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English (required on the day of filing)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable (required on the day of filing)
  • International Patent Classification (can be late filed, no set deadline)
  • Assignment of Invention (can be late filed within six months)
  • Priority document with verified English translation (can be late filed within three months)

ARIPO application in which Zimbabwe is designated:

Please see aripo

ARIPO Regional Phase PCT application:

Please see aripo

Grant:

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

Renewal:

Renewal fees fall due annually commencing on the third anniversary of the filing date.

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