Intellectual Property in Ghana
Smit & Van Wyk deals exclusively with Ghana Intellectual Property including patents, designs, trademarks, copyright and plant breeders’ rights. Our team of Intellectual Property attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources to give expert legal advice regarding your Intellectual Property portfolio. We can assist with the protection, prosecution and enforcement thereof. It is our mission to provide unparalleled service to our treasured clients by developing dynamic solutions which are tailored to suit individual Intellectual Property needs. The key to achieving this lies with our vibrant people, who are eager to go beyond the call of duty.
Ghana patents have a duration of 20 years from date of filing. Ghana is a member of PCT and the Paris Convention. Ghana Patents may be filed through the ARIPO union where the applicant may file a single application designating the specific contracting states either directly at ARIPO or through a contracting state.
Types of Patents:
- Patents of Invention
- National Phase PCT Application
- ARIPO application
- ARIPO Regional Phase PCT application
Methods of medical diagnosis, treatment or surgery are not patentable.
Ghana trade marks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 10 years thereafter. Ghana is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property) and the Madrid Protocol (an international system for obtaining trade mark protection for a number of regions through a single application).
Types of Trade Marks:
- Goods and services
- Collective marks
- Certification marks
The most current edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services is followed.
Ghana designs have an initial term of 5 years from date of filing, with possible extensions of 2 further terms of 5 years each.