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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)

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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  No
  • ARIPO:  No
  • OAPI:  No
  • Other: A patent can also be obtained by registering a granted foreign patent in the DRC

Filing Requirements:

For a convention application

  • Specification, claims, abstract and drawings (required on day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney in duplicate, simply signed (required on day of filing)
  • Certified copy of priority document with verified French translation thereof (must be filed within 5 months)
  • French translations of specification (must be filed within 5 months)

For a patent of importation, based on a granted foreign patent

  • Specification, claims, abstract and drawings (required on day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney in duplicate, simply signed (required on day of filing)
  • Certified copy of foreign granted patent (required on day of filing)
  • French translations of specification (must be filed within 5 months)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

Patentability:   A pharmaceutical invention can only be patented if the object of the invention is a product, substance or composition that is introduced for the first time in the form of a pharmaceutical

Excess Fees:   Excess fees are incurred for claims in excess of 10, payable post filing

Examination:   As to form only. Amendments can only be filed within five months of the filing date

Term of Patent:   Generally 20 years from the effective filing date, but 15 years only for pharmaceutical inventions. A patent based on a foreign patent remains in force while the foreign patent is still in force

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

General Information

  • Area: 2 345 000 km2
  • Population: 70.9 million
  • Capital:  Kinshasa
  • Currency: Congolese Franc
  • GDP: $ 22.92 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension:  .cd
  • Languages: French (official language), Lingala, Kongo, Mongo, Swahili
  • Exports: Copper; petroleum; cobalt; diamonds; coffee; crude oil
  • Imports: Consumer goods; foodstuffs; mining and other machinery; transport equipment; fuel

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Paris Convention
  • WIPO Convention
  • WTO/TRIPS
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