KISCH IP, although headquartered in South Africa and represented worldwide, is particularly active in Africa – where we utilise the services of a selected network of qualified and reliable agents. Read More


Considering that there are almost 60 territories in Africa, with a population of approximately 800 million, it is no surprise that the region has become a focal point for commercial expansion. At the same time, each country has its own set of intellectual property laws, with their own respective origins.


KISCH IP has developed – over the last 140 years – extensive knowledge and experience of the various legal systems and structures throughout Africa.


Further, because we view Africa as a reservoir of immense potential for global businesses and investors, we are eager to assist foreign and local clients with IP-related matters throughout the continent, as well as with general commercial legal services.

Please choose your desired region


Convention Priority

Madrid Agreement

Ghana is an ARIPO Patent zone and an

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Filing Requirements

  • Power of Attorney – simply signed
  • The name, address and nationality of the applicant
  • Sample of mark, (not required for world marks)
  • A list of the goods / services and the classes pertaining thereto
  • A certified copy of the priority document, in the case that priority is to be claimed


  • 14 years from application date

Requirements for renewal

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed, required



Other ARIPO Patent zones

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Filing Requirements

  • Request for grant
  • Power of Attorney – signed by applicant, not legalized
  • Specification in English
  • One or more claims
  • Abstract
  • Drawings


  • Ten years from date of filing the application
  • May be extended two times with a further period of five years on request provided the patent is actually worked in Ghana (or there are legitimate reasons for non-working)
  • The maximum duration a patent may have is 20 years
  • Annual fees are due both on pending applications and granted patents as from the second year after the date of filing application