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

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PATENT REGISTRATIONS

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

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

(a) A Power of Attorney - no legalization or notarization necessary;
(b) An Assignment of Invention (not required if the inventor(s) and applicant(s) are the same) - no legalization or notarization necessary;
(c) A copy of the specification (including claims, drawings, and abstract) in English; and
(d) A certified copy of the priority application and, if necessary, a certified translation into English thereof.

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

The requirements for filing a PCT application in Zimbabwe are as follows:
(i) A Power of Attorney - no legalization or notarization necessary;
(ii) An Assignment of Invention (not required if the inventor(s) and applicant(s) are the same) - no legalization or notarization necessary;
(iii) A copy of the specification (including claims, drawings, and abstract) in English;
(iv) A copy of the PCT International advertisement;
(v) A copy of International Search Report; and
(vi) A copy of International Preliminary Examination Report and, where appropriate, an English translation thereof.

Please note that the documents listed under items (iii) and (iv) are required on the day of filing. Items (i), (ii), (v), and (vi) can be late lodged subsequent to the filing date.

We estimate that the cost of filing a patent application in Zimbabwe will be between about US$ 2400.00 and US$ 2600.00 (excluding translation costs, if necessary). To this must be added the fees for claiming each priority date at about US$ 60.00 per priority claim.

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 print of device mark
1.5 If convention priority to be claimed: Certified copy of first foreign application, together with verified English translation.

2. Classification

2.1 The 45 classes of the International Classification are followed.

3. General

3.1 Duration: 10 years from date of application and renewable for further periods of 10 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: Optional
3.4 Licenses: Permitted
3.5 Collective marks: Registrable
3.6 Assignments of applications are permitted
3.7 Searches available within approximately 10-15 working days from instruction and are conducted manually as well as on an online official register

4. Costs US$

4.1a Application: First trade mark $1335, additional marks filed simultaneously $1200 each
4.1b Publication and registration fees: $350 each
4.1c Claiming priority $95 each
4.2 Assignment: up to 5 trade marks $900, up to 10 trade marks $1080
4.3 Recordal of change of name: First trade mark $410, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $140
4.4 Recordal of address: First trade mark $310, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $140
4.5 Licenses: up to 5 trade marks $940, up to 10 trade marks $1100
4.6a Renewal: First class $855, additional marks renewed simultaneously $740 each
4.6b Late renewal fine: $170 per mark
4.7 Searches: 1st mark $480; additional marks $380 each

*PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE LEVIED FOR ADVERTISEMENT AND REGISTRATION OF A TRADE MARK.