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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 30 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO:  Yes (see ARIPO requirements for designating Ghana in an ARIPO application)
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT Application and English translation thereof, or English specification, claims and abstract if non-PCT (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (no set deadline)
  • Assignment of Invention, simply signed (no set deadline)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Examination Report (no set deadline)
  • Certified priority document and verified English translation if not in English (if not filed during the international phase) (no set deadline)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required.

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

Excess Fees:   None

Examination:   Applications are subjected to substantive examination.  A notification will be issued by the Patent Office setting a deadline for requesting examination

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 238 500 km2
  • Population: 24.3 million
  • Capital: Accra
  • Currency:  Cedi
  • GDP:  $ 38.24 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .gh
  • Languages: English (official language)
  • Exports: Cocoa; gold; timber; manganese; bauxite; aluminium; diamonds; tuna
  • Imports: Capital equipment; petroleum; consumer goods; food; intermediate goods

International / Regional Conventions:

  • 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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