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Ghana
Information on the filing of Patents, Designs and trademarks in Ghana

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PATENT REGISTRATIONS

Ghana is a member of the International Convention, ARIPO, and the PCT.

The requirements for filing a non-PCT application in Ghana are as follows:

(a) Power of Attorney (simply signed) - can be late filed, no set deadline;
(b) Specification, claims, drawings, and abstract in English - required on the day of filing;
(c) Assignment of Invention - can be late filed, no set deadline; and
(d) Priority document with verified English translation - can be late filed, within 3 months.

The requirements for filing a PCT application in Ghana are as follows:

(i) Power of Attorney (simply signed) - can be late filed, no set deadline;
(ii) Specification, claims, drawings, and abstract in English - required on the day of filing;
(iii) Assignment of Invention - can be late filed, no set deadline;
(iv) Copy of front page of PCT International advertisement - required on day of filing;
(v) Copy of International Search Report - can be late filed, no set deadline; and
(vi) Copy of International Preliminary Examination Report including any annexes - can be late filed, no set deadline.

We estimate that the cost of filing a patent application in Ghana will be between about US$ 2000.00 and US$ 2200.00 (excluding translation fees, if necessary). To this must be added the fees for claiming each priority date at about US$ 70.00 per priority claim, and the first renewal fee (due retrospectively on the 1st anniversary of the international filing date, where applicable) at about US$ 750.00.

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 power of attorney
1.4 Clear prints of the device mark

2. Classification

2.1 The 45 classes of the International Classification of goods and services are followed
2.2 Multiclass: No

3. General

3.1 Duration: Trade marks filed and registered after 2004: 10 years from filing date and renewal for further periods of 10 years
3.2 Use: An aggrieved person may apply for the removal of the mark if there is no bona fide use for a continuous period of 5 years from the date of application or any continuous 5 year period thereafter
3.3 Licenses: Must be recorded at the Trademarks Office
3.4 Assignments of applications are permitted
3.5 Searches available within approximately 3-4 weeks from instruction and are conducted manually

4. Costs (US$)

4.1a Application: First trade mark $1220, additional marks filed simultaneously $1150 each
4.1b Registration fees upon maturity: $360 each
4.2 Assignment: First trade mark $920, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $620 each
4.3 Change of name: First trade mark $540, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $390 each
4.4 Change of address: First trade mark $510, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $380 each 4.5 Licenses: First trade mark $900, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $430 each
4.6 Renewal: First mark $1285, additional marks renewed simultaneously $1190 each
4.7 Searches: 1 mark in 1 class $470; additional classes $320 each

*** Above quotations exclude courier charges ***