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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 31 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO:  Yes (see ARIPO requirements for designating Mozambique in an ARIPO application)
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or English or Portuguese specification, abstract and drawings (required on day of filing)
  • Portuguese translation of the title and abstract (required on day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, notarised (required on day of filing)
  • Assignment of Invention or certified copy thereof (if not lodged in the international phase) (no set deadline)
  • Verified Portuguese translation of the specification (can be filed within 3 months)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)
  • Certified priority document (if not lodged in the international phase), and verified Portuguese translation thereof for non-PCT applications (can be filed within 2 months)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

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

Excess Fees:   None

Examination:   As to form only

Term of Patent:   20 years from the effective filing date

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

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 800 000 km2
  • Population: 22 million
  • Capital: Maputo
  • Currency: Meticais
  • GDP:  $ 22.19 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .mz
  • Languages: Portuguese (official language)
  • Exports: Aluminium; prawns; cashew nuts; cotton; sugar; citrus; timber; bulk electricity
  • Imports:  Machinery and equipment; vehicles, fuel, chemicals, metal products; foodstuffs; textiles

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Madrid Agreement  on Marks
  • Madrid Protocol on Marks
  • Nice Agreement on Classification of Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention