Botswana 

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Ways to protect your product

Industrial Design Registrations are a way of protecting the aesthetical characteristics of your products. By filing a successful industrial you will be awarded a monopoly to exploit the aesthetical characteristics of your product for a period of time.

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Design Details and Timeframes

Priority claim

Available

Novelty

Absolute Novelty

Individual character

Yes

Requirements

  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Graphical representation.
  •  Assignment of the design (if applicable), simply signed, with a verified English translation.
  •  Copy of the priority document (if applicable), certified, with a verified English translation..
  •  Duration: 5 years from the date of the application and renewable twice for a total of 15 years.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of assignment, certified or original, with verified English translation.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of name, with verified English translation.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of address, with verified English translation.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  License agreement, certified or original, with verified English translation.

Remarks: Examination: Formal examination. Grace Period: 12 months.

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CIPA closes due to country lockdown

After COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Botswana, the government decreed a new lockdown, since July, 31. Therefore, the Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) IP Division is closed and will not receive any electronic filings and payments for all patents, trademarks, industrial designs and all other IP applications, until further notice. - Previous applications: This procedure also applies to applications that have been received before the closure and will be processed only after the office reopens. - Due dates: All applications with due dates or priority dates will not be prejudiced by this closure and, according to Regulation 63 of the Industrial Property Regulations of 2012, will be accepted when the Officer resumes its activity. For further questions, please contact: africa@inventa.com

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