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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  No
  • ARIPO:  No
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Specification, claims, abstract and drawings in English (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, legalised by Apostille (required on day of filing)
  • Assignment of Invention, legalised by Apostille (can be filed within 2 months of filing)
  • Declaration by Applicant, legalised by Apostille (can be filed within 2 months of filing)
  • Certified Priority document with verified English translation, if applicable (can be filed within 2 months of filing)
  • Copies of any search and examination reports for corresponding patent applications (in order to expedite grant and reduce examination costs)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

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

Excess Fees:   None

Examination:   Applications are subjected to substantive examination

Term of Patent:   20 years from the filing date

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

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 1850 km2
  • Population: 1.3 million
  • Capital: Port Louis
  • Currency: Mauritian Rupee
  • GDP:  $17.5 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .mu
  • Languages: French, English (official languages)
  • Exports: Clothing; textiles; sugar; cut flowers; molasses; fish
  • Imports:  Manufactured goods; capital equipment; foodstuffs; petroleum products; chemicals

International / Regional Conventions:

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