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Patents Registration

1. Service Description

Patents Registration

A patent is an exclusive right and protection for an invention given for a limited period of time. In Botswana twenty (20) years are given from the date of filling the application. 2. How do I obtain the service? Visit one of the offices in Gaborone and Francistown.

3. How do I apply for the service?

Application for a patent The customer completes FORM 1 obtainable from the Office of the Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property in one of the offices in Gaborone or Francistown. The form has to be accompanied by a written letter to the Registrar requesting the registration of a patent.

4. How much does the service cost?

When submitting the letter, an application fee of P100.00 (individuals and small companies) and P200.00 (large companies) is required. After receiving the application the office checks the application to ensure that it is properly completed (Formal examination). The application is then transmitted to the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) in Harare, Zimbabwe, to assess whether the patent is registrable (Substantive examination). This can take a period of 18-24 months. After the office receives the examination report from ARIPO indicating the results of whether a patent can be granted or not, the office will communicate the results with the applicant. Where a patent can be granted a registration/grant fee of P120.00 (individuals and small companies) and P240.00 (large companies) will be required. A certificate of registration/grant of a patent will be issued by the office within 5 working days.

5. How do I get more information?

For more information contact our offices in Gaborone at Plot 181, P. O Box 102, Kgale Mews or call 3673700/3188754 and Francistown at Plot 14201, Block 8, P. O. Box 2301, Tel: 2412339.or visit the website for Ministry of Trade and Industry at www.mti.gov.bw.

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