Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  No
  • ARIPO:  No
  • OAPI:  No
  • Other:  A patent can also be obtained by registering a granted foreign patent in Burundi

Filing Requirements:

For a convention application:

  • Specification, claims and abstract in French, formal drawings and classification (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (can be filed within 2 months)
  • Assignment of Invention, simply signed with French translation
  • Certified priority document with verified French translation (can be filed within 3 months)

For a patent of importation, based on a granted foreign patent:

  • Certified copy of the granted foreign patent (can be filed at any time after grant of the patent)
  • Verified French translation (required on day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (required on day of filing)

Novelty:                   Absolute novelty is required

Patentability:       Methods of medical treatment, diagnosis or surgery are not patentable

                                  Pharmaceutical patents are not patentable until 1 January 2016

Excess Fees:         None

Examination:       Applications are subjected to formal examination only

Term of Patent:   20 years from the filing date or on expiry of the foreign patent on which a patent of importation is based

Renewals:               No renewal fees are payable at this stage


General Information

  • Area: Approximately 27 800 km2
  • Population: 9.9 million
  • Capital: Bujumbura
  • Currency:  Burundi Franc
  • GDP: $ 3.4 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .bi
  • Languages: French, Kirundi (official languages), Swahili
  • Exports: Coffee; tea; cotton; hides and skins
  • Imports: Capital goods; petroleum products; foodstuffs; consumer goods

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Paris Convention
  • WIPO Convention