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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention: Yes
  • PCT: Yes (national phase deadline is 31 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO: Yes (see ARIPO requirements for designating Botswana in an ARIPO application)
  • OAPI: No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or English specification, claims and abstract (required on day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (can be late filed)
  • Assignment of Invention, simply signed (if not lodged during international phase) (can be late filed)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (can be late filed)
  • Certified priority document (if not lodged during international phase), and a verified English translation thereof (can be filed within 3 months)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required.

Patentability:   Methods of medical treatment, surgery or diagnosis are not patentable

Excess Fees:   None

Examination:   Usually as to form only, but the Botswana Registry may submit the application to ARIPO for substantive examination (no additional fees will be payable)

Term of Patent:   20 years from the effective filing date

Renewals:   Payable annually in advance from the first anniversary of the effective filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 582 000 km2
  • Population: 2 million
  • Capital: Gaborone
  • Currency:  Pula
  • GDP: $ 26.5 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .bw
  • Languages: English, Tswana (official languages)
  • Exports: Diamonds; copper; nickel; beef; soda ash; textiles
  • Imports: Foodstuffs; vehicles and transport equipment; textiles; petroleum products; wood and paper products; metal and metal products

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Banjul Protocol (of ARIPO)
  • Berne Convention
  • Hague Agreement on Designs
  • Madrid Protocol on Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention
  • WIPO Copyright Treaty
  • WTO/TRIPS
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