Any invention of a product or of a manufacturing process may be protected by an invention patent which is issued by the industrial property body under the provisions of Law 2000-84 of 24 August 2000 relating to inventions' patents.
The novelty is a new invention which is not included in the state of the art. The state of the art consists of everything that has been made available to the public, before the filing date of the patent application or the priority date validly claimed for this application and this, by a written or oral description or any other way.
The invention must involve an inventive activity, that is to say that it must not follow, for a person skilled in the art, in an obvious manner from the state of the art at the date of filing of the patent application.
The invention must be applicable in industry. This condition is met when the invention can be manufactured or used industrially. Some inventions are not patentable and cannot be the subject of any intellectual property asset, such as:
- Purely ornamental creations.
- Scientific discoveries and theories as well as mathematical methods.
- Plans, principles and methods intended to be used.
- Methods of therapeutic and surgical treatment of the human body or animal and diagnostic methods applied to the human body or animal.
- Information presentations.
- All kinds of living substances in nature.
Patent registration application proceduresSee
Patent protection term
The invention patent protection term is twenty years from the date of filing the application. Patent holders must, to avoid invalidity, regularly pay the annual fees to keep their patent in force on the anniversary dates of the application filing.
Trademarks and service marks
According to the Law 2001-36 of April 17, 2001 relating to the protection of trade and
service marks, there should be a visible sign showing the marks by a graphic
representation to distinguish the products offered for sale or services sold by a
natural or legal person.
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The submission is made at the INNORPI. mark ownership is acquired through registration which confers an exclusive right to use the mark and protection against possible counterfeiters and imitators. Protection is provided for a period of 10 years renewable indefinitely.See