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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 Zimbabwe 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 (can be filed within 6 months)
  • Assignment of Invention (can be filed within 6 months)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)
  • Certified priority document with verified English translation (can be filed within 3 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:   Due annually from the third anniversary of the effective filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 391 000 km2
  • Population: 12.5 million
  • Capital: Harare
  • Currency:  Zimbabwean Dollar
  • GDP:  $ 4.4 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .zw
  • Languages: English (official language), Shona, Ndebele
  • Exports: Tobacco; gold; chromium; ferro alloys; cotton; platinum
  • Imports:  Machinery and transport equipment; chemicals; fuels; food products

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Banjul Protocol (of ARIPO)
  • Berne Convention
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention