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CIPA closes due to country lockdown

After COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Botswana, the government decreed a new lockdown, since July, 31. Therefore, the Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) IP Division is closed and will not receive any electronic filings and payments for all patents, trademarks, industrial designs and all other IP applications, until further notice. - Previous applications: This procedure also applies to applications that have been received before the closure and will be processed only after the office reopens. - Due dates: All applications with due dates or priority dates will not be prejudiced by this closure and, according to Regulation 63 of the Industrial Property Regulations of 2012, will be accepted when the Officer resumes its activity. For further questions, please contact: africa@inventa.com

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