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Summary

The current Intellectual Property Law of Burundi was enacted on July 28, 2009. One of the most significant changes imposed by this law was a fixed duration of ten years from the filing date for trademark registrations, which is renewable for like periods. Under the law in force prior to July 28, 2009, registrations remained in force indefinitely without requiring renewal. The trademark registry of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism had advised that the provisions of the old law still applied to cases filed before July 28, 2009, and that such trademark registrations did not require renewal. Now, however, the registry has announced that all trademarks registered under the old law will have to be renewed. The first renewal date for all such registrations is ten years from the date on which the new law was enacted—that is, July 28, 2019.

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Requirements for Filing Patent Applications

1. A simply signed Power of Attorney (required on the day of filing).

2. Specification, claims and abstract in French (required on the day of filing).

3. Formal drawings, if applicable (required on the day of filing).

4. Assignment of Priority Rights (can be filed later, no set deadline).

5. Priority document with verified French translation (can be filed later within three months).

Patents of Importation

1. A simply signed Power of Attorney (required on the day of filing).

2. Specification, claims and abstract in French (required on the day of filing).

3. Formal drawings, if applicable (required on the day of filing).

4. Certified copy of foreign granted patent (required on the day of filing).

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Address:

AGIP Building No. 26, Prince Shaker bin Zaid Street, Shmeisani, Amman

  • P.O.Box 921100, Amman 11192, Jordan
  • Telephone: (00 962-6) 5 100 900
  • Fax: (00 962-6) 5 100 901
  • Email: africa@agip.com
  • Contact: Hanan Elayyan (Miss)