General Information

  • Area: Approximately 391 000 km2
  • Population: 12.5 million
  • Capital: Harare
  • Currency:  Zimbabwean Dollar
  • GDP:  $ 4.4 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .zw
  • Languages: English (official language), Shona, Ndebele
  • Exports: Tobacco; gold; chromium; ferro alloys; cotton; platinum
  • Imports:  Machinery and transport equipment; chemicals; fuels; food products

International / Regional conventions:

  • Banjul Protocol (of ARIPO)
  • Berne Convention
  • 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 marks and services

Certification marks

Collective marks

Series marks

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 10 years

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 Zimbabwe in an ARIPO application)


Filing Requirements:

Published PCT application or English specification, claims, abstract and drawings (required on the day of filing)

Power of Attorney, simply signed (can be filed within 6 months)

Assignment of Invention (can be filed within 6 months)

International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)

Certified priority document with verified English translation (can be filed within 3 months)

Absolute novelty is required
Methods of medical treatment, surgery or diagnosis are not patentable
Excess Fees:
As to form only
Term of Patent:
20 years from the effective filing date
Due annually from the third anniversary of the effective filing date