Intellectual Property

Angola
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Angola Patents

Angola patents have a duration of 15 years from date of filing and annual renewal fees are payable in advance from the first anniversary of the filing date. Angola patents have a duration of 15 years from the filing date with no possible extensions. After this period the invention is considered as public domain and may be freely exploited. To be patented in Angola, an invention must be new, involve an inventive step and be deemed susceptible of industrial application.

Types of Patents:

  • Patents of Invention
  • National Phase PCT Application

Novelty:

Absolute novelty required. 

Patentability:   

Food, pharmaceuticals, chemical products and medicines (for humans and animals) are not patentable but processes for their manufacture are.

Examination:

Formal examination.

Patent Duration / Renewals:

Angola patents have a duration of 15 years from date of filing. Annual renewal fees are payable in advance from the first anniversary of the filing date.

Patent Filing Requirements

Non-PCT applications:

  • Power of Attorney with Portuguese translation, notarised and legalised up to the Angolan Consulate (must be filed within 2 months of the date of filing)
  • Title and abstract in Portuguese (required upon filing)
  • Specification, claims, drawings and abstract (required upon filing)
  • Verified Portuguese translation of the specification, claims and drawings (must be filed as soon as possible after filing date)
  • Deed of assignment with Portuguese translation, notarised and legalised up to the Angolan Consulate (must be filed within 2 months of the date of filing)
  • Certified copy of the priority document (if applicable) with Portuguese translation (must be filed within 2 months of the filing date)

PCT applications:

Angola currently does not make provision for filing PCT applications, therefore does not set out the filing requirements for such applications.  Applicants should lodge the same documents as for non-PCT applications along with the following:

  • Published International application (required upon filing)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (can be late filed)

International and Regional Systems

PCT

Angola is a signatory of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The Patent Cooperation Treaty ensures that by filing one international patent application, that applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention in other PCT member countries. A PCT National Phase entry provides a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect intellectual property in each of its contracting states.

Paris Convention

Angola is a member of the Paris Convention where each contracting state must grant the same IP protection to nationals of other contracting states, and provides for the right of priority in the case of patents, trademarks and designs. The Paris Convention is an international agreement which helps creators ensure that their intellectual property is protected in other countries. It applies to IP in the widest sense as it covers patents, trademarks and industrial designs to name a few.

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