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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:  Yes (see ARIPO requirements for designating Malawi in an ARIPO application)
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or English specification, claims, abstract and drawings (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney (required on the day of filing)
  • Assignment of Invention (no set deadline)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)
  • Certified priority document with verified English translation (can be filed within 6 months)

Novelty:   The invention must not have been described in a patent specification within the last 50 years and/or must be new in Malawi

Excess Fees:   None

Examination:   Applications are subjected to formal examination only

Term of Patent:   16 years from the effective filing date, extendable for a further 5 years or in exceptional circumstances for up to 10 years

Renewals:   Due annually from the third anniversary of the effective filing date, but only payable after grant

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 118 500 km2
  • Population: 15.4 million
  • Capital: Lilongwe
  • Currency: Malawian Kwacha
  • GDP:  $ 13.5 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .mw
  • Languages: English, Chichewa (official languages)
  • Exports: Tobacco; tea; sugar; coffee; peanuts; wood products; cotton; clothing apparel
  • Imports:  Food; petroleum products; semi-manufactures; consumer goods; transportation equipment

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Banjul Protocol (of ARIPO)
  • Berne Convention
  • Nice Agreement on Classification of Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention