Rwanda 

Paths to protection

Ways to protect your invention

Patents are a way of protecting your inventions. By filing a successful patent you will be awarded a monopoly to exploit your invention for a period of time.

National Patents are the most effective way of defending your invention if you only require protection in a single jurisdiction. If this is not enough for your needs, this country has signed international agreements on patents, which facilitate their internationalization:

ARIPO

Allows for a single patent application to be effective across its designated members states

PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty)

The PCT system allows simplified international patent applications which in turn eases national filings.

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If you need to protect your Intellectual Property abroad, through our Global Network of offices and associates, we can make your Intellectual Property assets expand to every nation you desire, ensuring full legal protection of your rights.

If you have further questions, we would be delighted to schedule a conference call and answer any questions you may have.

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Rwanda

Patent Details and Timeframes

Priority claim

Available

Substantive Examination

Available

Body responsible for non-use cancellations

IP Office

Time until registration

1 year

Opposition Period

Special Case

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Use Requirement Period

4 years

National Filing Requirements

  •  Applicant data.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  Patent title, abstract, description, claims and drawings.
  •  Deed of assignment, notarized (if applicable).
  •  Power of attorney, notarized.
  •  Power of attorney, notarized.
  •  Deed of assignment, simply signed by the assignor and the assignee.
  •  Power of attorney, notarized.
  •  Power of attorney, notarized.
  •  Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register.
  •  Power of attorney, notarized.
  •  Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register.
  •  Power of attorney, notarized.
  •  License Agreement signed by both parties.

PCT Filing

  •  Applicant data.
  •  Certified copy of corresponding U.K. registration if goods are of cotton and fall in Classes 23, 24, 25 or if registration is based on a U.K. registration.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  International Publication.
  •  International search report.
  •  Deed of assignment, notarized (if applicable).
  •  Power of attorney, notarized.
  •  Power of attorney, notarized.
  •  Deed of assignment, simply signed by the assignor and the assignee.
  •  Power of attorney, notarized.
  •  Power of attorney, notarized.
  •  Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register.
  •  Certificate of change of address.
  •  Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register.
  •  Power of attorney, notarized.
  •  License Agreement signed by both parties.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

Deadline to renew trademarks registered before 2009 in Rwanda is upcoming

The law 31/2009 on the Protection of Intellectual Property, came into force in Rwanda on 14, December 2009, as previously announced. Before the approval of this legislation, trademarks registered in this jurisdiction were conceded for an undetermined time frame. Within the new framework trademark registrations are valid for a 10-year period, counting from the filing date. This means that all trademarks registered in Rwanda before 2009 must be renewed until 14 December 2019, since the renovation period has started counting from the date when the law 31/2009 became into force. It is recommended to file for trademark renewals before the deadline of 14, December 2019. Even though there’s a grace period for late renewals this may carry the payment of extra fees. 

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