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Mozambique Patents

Patent and PCT National Phase Applications: Mozambique

Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property law firm in Africa specialise in Mozambique Patents and PCT National Phase applications. Mozambique patent filing options include: Patent of Invention, National Phase PCT or ARIPO Regional Phase application. Mozambiqu Patents have a duration of 20 years from the date of filing or the PCT International filing date, with no possible extensions. Priority Documents, together with a verified Portuguese translation, must be filed within 2 months of the filing date. Mozambique is a member of the Paris Convention, PCT and ARIPO.

The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese and other common native languages include Makhuwa, Sena, and Swahili, with a population of around 29 million people. Mozambique is a member of the United Nations, the African Union and the Commonwealth of Nations. Mozambique has a tropical climate with two seasons and 80% of the population is employed in agriculture, mostly small-scale subsistence farming. Mozambique main export products include aluminum, coal, bulk electricity, lumber, cotton, prawns, cashews, sugar and citrus.

ARIPO Patent Filings

Patent and PCT National Phase filings for ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organization). ARIPO is an intergovernmental organisation for English-speaking African countries which implements common administrative procedures from a uniform system for the protection of intellectual property. 

The relevant protocol for ARIPO patents is the Harare Protocol, which 18 States have acceded to:

Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sào Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

ARIPO requires the applicant to choose the specific member states where protection is required.

Harare Protocol Members


(Eastern Africa)

Filing Requirements for ARIPO Patent Applications

Patents of Invention (Non-PCT)
Power of Attorney (signed)
Specification, claims and abstract in English.
Drawings, if applicable.
International Patent Classification.
Assignment of Invention.
Priority document with verified English translation.

National Phase PCT Applications:
Power of Attorney (signed)
Specification, claims and abstract in English.
Drawings, if applicable.
International Patent Classification.
Copy of PCT International Publication (required on day of filing)
Copy of International Search Report.
Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report.


Inventions, Ideas, New, Inventive and Useful, Gadgets, Biotech


Appearance, Aesthetic, Functional, Industrial Design, Design Patents

Tarde Marks

Name, Slogan, Logo, Shapes, 3D Marks, Holograms, Motions


Literary, Musical, Artistic, Sound Recordings, Broadcasts, Photography


Buying or Starting a Franchise, Franchise Agreements

Intellectual Property in Africa

Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property services spans across the entire African continent. Patent, PCT National Phase applications and Trade Mark filings in most African countries, OAPI and ARIPO.

Many African countries form part of ARIPO or OAPI allowing for the filing of only one application to obtain protection in multiple territories. These regional systems reduce the administrative burden of those countries and support a better output of the relevant laws.

Most applications / filings
South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Kenya, Angola, Tanzania, Mauritius, Tunisia, Zambia, Ethiopia.

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