Namibia Joins PCT, Paris Convention and ARIPO
Namibia is the 123rd Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) contracting state and became bound by the PCT on 1 January 2004. Consequently it is possible to obtain patent protection in Namibia based on an International PCT application, provided that the International application was filed after 1 January 2004.
Namibia also became a signatory to the Paris Convention on 1 January 2004. It is therefore possible to claim Convention priority where a patent or design application is filed after 1 January 2004.
Additionally, with effect from 23 April 2004, Namibia became the 15th member of ARIPO. It is therefore now possible to designate Namibia in an ARIPO application filed on or after 23 April 2004 and to file an ARIPO regional phase PCT application designating Namibia where the International application was filed on or after 23 April 2004.
In summary, the following types of patent protection are now available in Namibia:
- Patent of Invention;
- National Phase PCT application;
- ARIPO application;
- ARIPO Regional Phase PCT application.
Namibia has issued a draft Bill for the registration and protection of patents, industrial designs, utility models and trade marks. The proposed legislation and the associated regulations will bring Namibia´s Intellectual Property (IP) law into line with modern IP law. The draft Bill is currently under review and will hopefully be enacted in 2004.
We will update our website when we receive any further information.
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