Paths to protection

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



Absolute Novelty

Individual character



  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Certified copy of the priority document if claimed.
  •  Graphical representation.
  •  Duration: 5 years from the date of the application and renewable twice for a total of 15 years.
  •  Six-month grace period for late payment.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of assignment, apostilled, with a verified French translation..
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of name, with verified French translation.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Original registration certificate.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  License agreement, apostilled, with verified French translation.

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

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Djibouti integrates the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Abstract: Djibouti becomes the 150th PCT Member-state Djibouti has become the 150th Member State to join the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), it filed its instrument of accession on the 23rd of June, 2016 and the treaty is expected to be enforceable from the 23rd of September, 2016. The law in Djibouti is due to be amended in order to cater for PCT international applications. Djibouti’s accession to the treaty will greatly assist the future development of its IP institutions which currently find themselves in premature stages of development. The PCT will not only allow a more cost effective and hassle-free filing system, but it will also provide assistance with regards to granting decisions and pathways to a vast compilation of technical information and knowledge. Awareness about the existing nexus between Intellectual Property rights and economic development has been ascending in the African continent, and being so, the ever-growing adherence to cooperative treaties such as the PCT have extensively aided in structuring common institutional grounds in the continent.

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