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

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PATENT REGISTRATIONS

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

The requirements for filing a non-PCT application in Zambia 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, no set deadline.

The requirements for filing a PCT application in Zambia 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 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 - can be late filed, no set deadline.

We estimate that the cost of filing a patent application in Zambia will be between about US$ 2800.00 and US$ 3000.00 (excluding translation fees, if necessary).

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 If priority is claimed: a certified copy of basic application.

2. Classification

2.1 International classification.

3. General

3.1 Duration : 7 years from date of application and renewable for further periods of 14 years.
3.2 Use : If a mark has not been used for a continuous period of 5 years, it can be removed.
3.3 Marking : Not necessary.
3.4 Licenses : Permitted.
3.5 Collective marks : Registrable.
3.6 Assignments of applications are permitted.

4. Costs

4.1a Application: First trade mark $1620, additional marks filed simultaneously $1380 each.
4.1b Publication and registration fees upon maturity: $520 each
4.1c Claiming priority: $125
4.2 Assignment: First trade mark $890, additional marks filed simultaneously $190 each.
4.3 Change of name: First trade mark $750, additional marks filed simultaneously $105
4.4 Change of address: First trade mark $390, additional marks filed simultaneously $150
4.5 Licenses: First trade mark $795, additional marks filed simultaneously $190 each.
4.6 Renewal: First mark $1500, additional marks renewed simultaneously $1270 each.
4.7 Searches: 1 mark in 1 class - From $440 (results available within approximately 10 weeks) Additional classes: $340 each

* In the event that there is no official action/prosecution required this figure represents the expected costs through to registration