Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 30 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO:  Yes (see ARIPO requirements for designating Namibia in an ARIPO application)
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or specification, claims, abstract and drawings in English (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (no set deadline)
  • Assignment of Invention (no set deadline)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (no set deadline)

Novelty:     Novelty is destroyed by prior local knowledge or use, or sale for more than two years in any country outside Namibia

Excess Fees:     None

Examination:     As to form only

Term of Patent:     14 years from the effective filing date, which can be extended by up to 7 years, and in exceptional circumstances by up to 14 years

Renewals:   Payable on the third, seventh and tenth anniversaries of the effective filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 824 500 km2
  • Population: 2.2 million
  • Capital: Windhoek
  • Currency: Namibian Dollar
  • GDP:  $ 14.64 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .na
  • Languages: English (official language), Afrikaans, German, Khoekhoe (Nama), Herero, Ovambo
  • Exports:  Diamonds; copper; gold; zinc; lead; uranium; cattle; processed fish; karakul skins
  • Imports:  Foodstuffs; petroleum products and fuel; machinery and equipment; chemicals

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Banjul Protocol (of ARIPO)
  • Berne Convention
  • Hague Agreement on Designs
  • Madrid Agreement on Marks
  • Madrid Protocol on Marks
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention