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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:   No (priority may nevertheless be claimed from an application filed not more than 12 months previously)
  • PCT:  No
  • ARIPO:  No
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Specification, abstract and drawings in Portuguese (required on day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, notarised (can be filed within 6 months)
  • Deed of Assignment, legalised, with a Portuguese translation (can be filed within 6 months)
  • Certified priority document and verified Portuguese translation (can be filed within 6 months)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

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

Excess fees:   None

Examination:   Formal and substantive examination is carried out approximately 60 days from publication

Term of Patent:  20 years from the filing date

Renewals:   Payable annually in advance from the first anniversary of the filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 4 000 km2
  • Population: 0.5 million
  • Capital: Cidade de Praia
  • Currency:  Escudos (CVE)
  • GDP: $ 1.9 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .cv
  • Languages: Portuguese (official language)
  • Exports: Shoes; garments; fish; bananas; hides
  • Imports:  Foodstuffs; consumer goods; petroleum; industrial products; transport equipment

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Rome Convention
  • WIPO Convention