ARIPO: Harare Protocol Amended and increase in official fees


At ARIPO’s 40th Administrative Council Session (Harare, Zimbabwe) in December 2016, further improvements/amendments to the Harare Protocol were proposed and adopted. The amendments including the new schedule of fees came into effect on 1 January 2017.

The Harare Protocol empowers ARIPO to grant patents and to register utility models and industrial designs on behalf of the member countries. Some of the notable amendments include:  

  • A significant increase in official fees including new fees for additional or existing services (see below for some of the fee increases)  
  • Provisions for post-grant amendments
  • Restrictions and clarification on multiple dependencies in claims (multiple dependent claims shall not serve as a basis for any other multiple dependent claims)  
  • Request for substantive examination must be filed for all patent applications and substantive examination fees paid  
  • Further clarification of patentable and non-patentable inventions
  • Biotech inventions - if the disclosure includes nucleotide and/or amino acid sequences, then the sequence listing must also be submitted in a prescribed electronic format
  • Restoration of rights for patents, utility models and industrial designs
  • Restrictions on patentable biotechnological inventions
  • Extensions on time limits

The ARIPO Banjul Protocol on trade marks was neither amended nor discussed at ARIPO’s 40th Administrative Council Session.

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Date published: 11 January 2017
Author: Spoor & Fisher

Tags: ARIPO patents utility models industrial designs The Harare Protocol