AFRICA & FOREIGN JURISDICTION

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

Ghana

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

Duration

  • 14 years from application date

Requirements for renewal

  • Power of Attorney, simply signed, required

PCT

PARIS CONVENTION

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

Duration

  • 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