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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 Zambia 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, simply signed (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:             Local novelty is required. Additionally, the invention must not have been described in a printed publication published outside of Zambia less than fifty years prior to the priority date

Patentability:     Inventions capable of being used as a surgical or curative device are not patentable

Excess Fees:     None

Examination:     As to form only

Term of Patent:           16 years from the effective filing date, extendable for up to 5 years and in exceptional circumstances up to 10 years. The term of an ARIPO patent is 20 years

Renewals:         Payable annually on the anniversary of the effective filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 752 600 km2
  • Population: 13.5 million
  • Capital: Lusaka
  • Currency:  Zambian Kwacha
  • GDP:  $ 20 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .zm
  • Languages: English (official language), Bemba, Lozi, Tonga, Nyanja
  • Exports: Copper; cobalt; tobacco; flowers; cotton
  • Imports:  Machinery; transportation equipment; foodstuffs; fuel; petroleum products; electricity; fertilizer; clothing

International / Regional Conventions:

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