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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes a national phase application can be filed in Djibouti as from 23 September 2016
  • ARIPO:  No
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or English specification, claims and abstract (required on day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (required on the day of filing)
  • French translation of specification, claims and abstract (must be filed within 3 months)
  • Assignment of Invention and Priority Rights (must be filed within 3 months)
  • Certified priority document with verified French translation, if not filed during the international phase (must be filed within 3 months)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

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

Excess Fees:   None

Examination:   As to form only

Term of Patent:   20 years from the effective filing date

Renewals:   Renewals are payable in five-year blocks and the first block will be payable at the time of filing the application and subsequent renewals are due on the 5th, 10th, and 15th anniversaries of the effective filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 23 000 km2
  • Population: 0.7 million
  • Capital: Djibouti
  • Currency: Djibouti Franc
  • GDP: $ 2.1 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .dj
  • Languages: French, Arabic (official languages)
  • Exports: Hides and skins; coffee (in transit)
  • Imports: Foods and beverages; transport equipment; chemicals and pharmaceuticals; petroleum products; electrical appliances

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Paris Convention
  • WIPO Convention