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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 30 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO:  No
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or specification, abstract and drawings (required on day of filing)
  • French translation of title (required on day of filing)
  • French translation of the specification, claims and abstract (can be late filed)
  • Power of Attorney, notarised (must be filed within 4 months of notification)
  • Deed of Assignment or notarised copy thereof (if inventors are not employees of the applicant) (must be filed within 4 months of notification)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Examination Report (can be late filed)
  • Assignment of Priority Rights or notarised copy thereof, with French translation (if applicant is not the same as priority application) (must be filed within 6 months of filing)
  • Certified priority document, with French translation thereof (if not lodged in the international phase) (can be filed within 6 months of filing)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

Patentability:   Pharmaceutical, veterinary, cosmetic and food products are not patentable

Excess Fees:   Excess fees are incurred for specifications in excess of 20 pages and for more than 10 claims, payable at the time of filing

Examination:   Generally as to form only, although some applications are also subjected to substantive examination (the Patent Office has recently been issuing rejection notices without affording applicant’s an opportunity of responding to the rejection. We therefore suggest amending claims in the light of the IPRP at the time of filing or shortly thereafter)

Term of Patent:   15 years from the effective filing date, extendable for a further 5 years

Renewals:   Payable annually from the 3rd anniversary of the local filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 587 000 km2 (fourth largest island in the world)
  • Population: 21.3 million
  • Capital: Antananarivo
  • Currency: Malagasy Franc
  • GDP:  $ 20.7 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .mg
  • Languages: French, Malagasy (official languages)
  • Exports: Coffee; vanilla; cloves and clove oils; sugar; petroleum products; shellfish
  • Imports: Intermediate manufactures; capital goods; petroleum; consumer goods; food

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Madrid Protocol on Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention