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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

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

Filing Requirements:

  • French translation of specification, claims and abstract, formal drawings and classification (required on the day of filing)
  • International Patent Classification (required on day of filing);
  • Figure for publication (required on day of filing);
  • Original Power of Attorney, simply signed (can be filed within 2 months)
  • Statement providing proof of applicant’s right to apply for the patent (only if the applicant is not the inventor)
  • Assignment of Priority rights, simply signed with French translation (if applicant differs from priority applicant, can be filed within 2 months)
  • Copies of all communications relating to the results of any search or examination conducted in respect of the corresponding foreign applications
  • Certified priority document with verified French translation of the first page (can be filed within 2 months)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

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

Excess Fees:   The Regulations and official fees have not yet been established and at this stage it is not possible to confirm if fees will be incurred for additional pages and claims

Examination:   As to form only

Term of Patent:   20 years from the filing date

Renewals:   Annuities are payable in five-year blocks with the first block payment being payable from the first anniversary of the filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 27 800 km2
  • Population: 9.9 million
  • Capital: Bujumbura
  • Currency:  Burundi Franc
  • GDP: $ 3.4 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .bi
  • Languages: French, Kirundi (official languages), Swahili
  • Exports: Coffee; tea; cotton; hides and skins
  • Imports: Capital goods; petroleum products; foodstuffs; consumer goods

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Paris Convention
  • WIPO Convention