General Information

  • Area: Approximately 1500 km2
  • Population: 985 000
  • Capital: Zanzibar Town
  • Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
  • GDP:  $ 528 million
  • Domain name extension: .not listed
  • Languages: Swahili and English
  • Exports: spices; seaweed; fine raffia
  • Imports:  petroleum products; manufactured articles; rice; maize; sugar; cooking oil

International / Regional conventions:

  • Banjul Protocol (of ARIPO)
  • Berne Convention
  • Nice Agreement on Classification of Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention

Trade Mark Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

Madrid Agreement:      No

Paris Union:                Yes

Types of Trade Marks:

Goods and services

Certification marks

Collective marks

No provision for defensive marks


The International Classification of Goods and Services (Nice Classification) is applied.

Filing Requirements:

Particulars of Applicant (name, address and nationality)

Simply signed Power of Attorney

Representation of the mark

List of goods and / or services

Certified copy of the priority document


The trade mark is registered 10 years from the filing date

Renewable every 7 years

Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

Paris Convention:  Yes

PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 21 months for Chapter 1 applications and 31 months for Chapter 2 applications)



Filing Requirements:
  • Published PCT application or English specification, claims, abstract and drawings (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (no set deadline)
  • Assignment of Invention (no set deadline)
  • Certified priority document with verified English translation (can be filed within 3 months)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)
Absolute novelty is required
Methods of medical treatment, surgery or diagnosis are not patentable Pharmaceutical products and processes are not patentable until at least 1 January 2016
Excess Fees:
As to form only
Term of Patent:
20 years from the effective filing date
Payable annually from the first anniversary of the effective filing date