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.

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Patent Details and Timeframes

Priority claim


Substantive Examination


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Time until registration

2 years

Opposition Period

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Use Requirement Period

3 years


  •  Applicant data.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  Patent title, abstract, description, claims and drawings.
  •  Deed of assignment, legalized.
  •  Power of attorney, legalized.
  •  Declaration claiming priority.
  •  Power of attorney, legalized.
  •  Deed of assignment, legalized.
  •  Power of attorney, legalized.
  •  Certificate of change of name, legalized.
  •  Power of attorney, legalized.
  •  Certificate of change of address, legalized.
  •  Power of attorney, legalized.
  •  Power of attorney from the licensor and licensee, legalized.
  •  Deed of license, legalized.

Latest news


The Republic of Mauritius joins the Lusaka Agreement

The Republic of Mauritius deposited its Instrument of Accession to the Lusaka Agreement of December 9, 1976, establishing the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) with the Director General of ARIPO on September 25, 2020. Under Article XVI (3) of the Lusaka Agreement, the Republic of Mauritius is now a member of ARIPO as of this 25th September 2020. The accession of The Republic of Mauritius to the Lusaka Agreement brings the total number of ARIPO’s Member States to 20, following Botswana, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia (not a member of the Harare Protocol), Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.   Want to know more about ARIPO and the contribution to the evolution of Industrial Property in Africa? Read our article here.   For further questions, please contact:

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