Procedure for patent application

✓ Form P1 & Complete Specification (P5)

✓ Examination in terms of the Patent Law

✓ Notification of Applicant to advertise Patent in Patents & Trademarks Journal at a prescribed fee in Form PV.8.

✓ Opposition (if any) of the patent by third parties occurs within three months from date of publication

✓ No opposition; patent is issued


Costs for patents

Provisional patent – US$80.

*The provisional patent is mostly for those who plan to exhibit their idea at a show or exhibition forum. It is valid for 6 months.

The second patenting plan is valid for 20 years. Fees are:

Application fees – $400

Advert fees – $40

Certificate – $80

Patents in Zimbabwe are governed by the Patent Act (Chapter 26:03) which was amended in 2002. The Act provides for registration and protection of patents.  One is required to make formal registration for intellectual property rights at the national office of Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Office (ZIPO) or the regional office of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO). The Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Office (ZIPO) is a section of the Department of Deeds and Intellectual Property and is currently administered by the Ministry of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. 

The maximum cost for patenting is $520 (costs include searching fees, application fees, certificate and advertising). Obtaining a patent will take approximately 4–6 months to acquire. 
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Contact information 

Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Office

Century House, East,
38 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Harare
Phone: +263 4 777373, 775545-6
Fax: +263 4 777372
Website: www.dcip.gov.zw


Bulawayo

222 Tredgold Building L Takawira/ H Chitepo Street
Phone: +263 29 61601
Fax: +263 29 889047  


ARIPO

11 Natal Road, Belgravia, Harare, Zimbabwe
P.O.Box 4228
Phone: +263 0242 794065 / 7 / 8
Fax: +263 4 794 072
Mobile: +263 731020609 / +263 731559987 / +263 731864225
E-mail: mail@aripo.org
Website: www.aripo.org