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Intellectual Property

Namibia
Smit & Van Wyk Patent, Trademark & Registered Designs

Namibia Designs

Namibia designs have a duration of 15 years from date of filing. Annual renewal fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date. Namibia 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 Namibia.

Design Duration / Renewals:

The design has a duration of 15 years from date of filing. Annual renewal fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date.

Design Filing Requirements

  • Simply signed declaration and Power of Attorney (must be filed within 2 months of the filing date)
  • Drawings, photographs or other graphic representation of the design (required upon filing)
  • A statement indicating the kind of products for which the design is to be useCertified copy of priority document (if applicable) with verified English 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

    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

    Namibia 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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