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Intellectual Property

Mozambique
Smit & Van Wyk Patent, Trademark & Registered Designs

Mozambique Designs

Mozambique designs have an initial term of 5 years from date of filing, with possible extensions up to a limit of 25 years. Mozambique 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.

Types of Designs:

  • Industrial Designs

ARIPO design designating Mozambique.

Design Duration / Renewals:

The design has an initial term of 5 years from date of filing, with possible extensions up to a limit of 25 years.

Design Filing Requirements

  • Power of Attorney, notarised (required upon filing)
  • Drawings, photographs or other graphic representation of the design (required upon filing)
  • Certified copy of priority document (if applicable) with verified Portuguese translation (must be filed within 3 months of the filing date)
  • Deed of assignment (can be late filed)

    International and Regional Systems

    ARIPO

    ARIPO is an organisation that facilitates registration and administration of Intellectual Property rights for various African countries. ARIPO is mandated to register marks and the administration of such registered marks on behalf of the Banjul Protocol Contracting States.An applicant may file a single application designating the specific contracting states either directly at ARIPO or through a contracting state.

    PCT

    Mozambique 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

    Mozambique 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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