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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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.

Latest news

ANNOUNCEMENT

RWANDA: Changes to IP Legislation

Past April 20th, 2016 the Rwandan government has released an Official Gazette Special. This important document, drafted in Kinyarwanda, French and English, makes effective recently promulgated laws and modifies various IP laws. The main changes are the following: Law No. 005 of 05/04/2016 governing Seeds and Plant Varieties in Rwanda The Rwandan government, with the support of ARIPO and the Rwandan development board, has promulgated the Law Governing Seeds and Plant Varieties. Accordingly, right holders will now be able to seek protection for seed and plant varieties in Rwanda. Ministerial Order No. 24 of 17/03/2016 concerning the payable registration fees for intellectual property services The government has determined a new and reduced schedule of official fees for registrations and related services for intellectual property, such as filings and renewals. Ministerial Order No. 25 of 17/03/2016 determining the timeframe provided for grant of unilateral licenses, compulsory licenses and oppositions to the registration of IP rights For unilateral and compulsory licencesRevised timeframes  The timeframe for unilateral licences is now four years and the timeframe for compulsory licences is 12 month renewable limit. Revised opposition time lines and requirements  The timeframe to oppose an application for registration of a trademark or geographical indication is 60 days from the publication date.  The elements required for the opposing party are now identified, which are: identity of applicant; object of opposition; detailed reasons of opposition; material evidence; power of attorney, if necessary; and the date and signature of the applicant.  Upon receipt of the opposition, the applicant has fourteen days to submit a written response to the opposition. Limitation of registered intellectual property rights  The Trade Mark Act now gives the minister the possibility to remove from the trade mark register, trademarks he believes are extinct, were acquired in bad faith or in contravention with the law. Ministerial Order No. 26 of 17/03/2016 determining the form and content of the power of attorney for industrial property The order sets out a new format for the Power of Attorney and requires the Power of Attorney to be notarized.

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