Botswana 

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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If you need to protect your Intellectual Property abroad, through our Global Network of offices and associates, we can make your Intellectual Property assets expand to every nation you desire, ensuring full legal protection of your rights.

If you have further questions, we would be delighted to schedule a conference call and answer any questions you may have.

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Botswana

Patent Details and Timeframes

Priority claim

Available

Substantive Examination

Available

Body responsible for non-use cancellations

Court

Time until registration

3 years

Opposition Period

1 year

Use Requirement Period

4 years

National Filing Requirements

  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  Patent title, abstract, description, claims and drawings.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of name.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of address.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  License agreement.

PCT Filing

  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  Patent title, abstract, description, claims and drawings.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  International Publication.
  •  International search report.
  •  International preliminary examination report.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of name.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of address.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  License agreement.

Latest news

ANNOUNCEMENT

Closure of CIPA revenue office

From today, September 16th, 2020, the CIPA Revenue Department (Gaborone, Botswana) is closed until further notice due to the Ministry of Health recommendations and will not receive any payments pertaining to intellectual property. Only online payments will be possible, however, some delays in Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) may be expected.   For further questions, please contact: africa@inventa.com

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