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Angola Patents

Intellectual Property
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Angola Patents

Types of Patents:

  • Patents of Invention
  • National Phase PCT Application

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)

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.

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.

International and Regional Systems:

  • Paris Convention
  • PCT

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