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Democratic Republic of Congo
Information on the filing of Patents, Designs and trademarks in the D R Congo

 

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PATENT REGISTRATIONS

Patent protection is obtainable via a national filing. The DRC is a member of the International Convention, but is not a member of PCT.

The requirements for filing an application in the DRC are as follows:

(a) A Power of Attorney;
(b) An Assignment of Invention (if necessary);
(c) A copy of the specification (including claims, drawings, and abstract) in French; and
(d) A certified copy of the priority application with a sworn French translation of the first page of the priority application (if necessary).

With respect to item (c), the specification can be filed in English provided a French translation thereof is lodged within 3 months of filing. Items (a), (b), and (d) can also be lodged within 3 months of filing.

Our cost estimate for filing a patent application in the DRC is between about US$ 2600.00 and US$ 2800.00 (excluding translation costs, if necessary). To this must be added surcharges of about US$ 120.00 per priority claim.

Should it be required, we can assist with the preparation of any translation from English to French at a cost of US$ 30.00 per 100 words.

Should it be required, we can also assist with the preparation of a sworn French translation of the first page of the priority application at a further cost of about US$ 150.00 (provided we are provided with an English version of such page).

TRADEMARK REGISTRATIONS

1. Filing requirements

1.1 Full name, street address and description of the applicant (including trading style, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated).
1.2 List of goods and/or services.
1.3 A simply signed French/English power of attorney in duplicate for each application filed.
1.4 Electrotype (may be obtained locally) and clear print of device mark
1.5 If priority is claimed: a certified copy of home application/ registration.

2. Classification

2.1 The International classification of goods and services in classes 1 - 42 is followed.
2.2 One application may cover one trade mark in any number of classes.

3. General

3.1 Duration : 10 years from filing date and renewal for further periods of 10 years
3.2 Use : compulsory within a period of three years commencing with registration
3.3 Marking : No provision
3.4 Licenses : Must be registered.
3.5 Assignments : Of applications are permitted.

4. Costs

4.1a Application: 1 - 3 classes: $2125, additional classes over three filed simultaneously $230 each
4.1b Additional trade marks filed simultaneously $2030 each
4.1c Electrotype of mark: $317
4.1d Claiming priority: $300
4.2 Assignment: First trade mark $1900, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $1650 each
4.3 Change of name or address: First trade mark $1380, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $1245 each
4.4 Licenses: First trade mark $1870, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $1600 each
4.5 Renewal: 1 - 3 classes $1665, additional classes renewed simultaneously $230 each
4.6 Search: up to 3 classes $710 per mark; additional classes $320 each

*** Above quotations exclude courier charges ***

DESIGNS

Design protection is obtainable via a national filing. The DRC is a member of the International Convention.

The requirements for filing an application in the DRC are as follows:

(a) Power of Attorney;
(b) Formal drawings;
(c) Assignment of Design; and
(d) Certified copy of the priority application with a sworn French translation of the first page thereof.

Please note that the documents listed under item (b) are required on the day of filing. Items (a), (c) and (d) can be late lodged within 3 months of filing.

Our cost estimate for filing a design application in the DRC is between about US$ 2600.00 and US$ 2800.00. To this must be added surcharges of about US$ 120.00 per priority claim. Should a multiple application be filed, the cost for the first design will be between about US$ 2600.00 and US$ 2800.00 whereas the cost for each additional design will be between about US$ 500.00 and US$ 600.00.

Should it be required, we can assist with the preparation of a sworn French translation of the first page of the priority application at a further cost of about US$ 150.00 (provided we are provided with an English version of such page).