INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN ANGOLA
First Renewal Term
Subsequent Renewal Term
In Angola, the Industrial Property Act, Law no 3/92 of 1992, Chapters IV-VII, (in force since 28th February 1992) forms the legal basis of trademark registration and protection.
The Angolan Institute of Industrial Property (IAPI) governs and deals with the mechanism of registration of trademarks.
The country is not a member of the Madrid Agreement or the Madrid Protocol.
It has a single-class trademark filing system.
The 11th edition of Nice Classification is accepted by the trademark office.
The basic registration fee is for five (05) items in an individual class, and every extra item attracts an additional fee.
The interested third parties may file opposition actions against a trademark application within two (02) months following its publication date.
In Angola, registered trademarks have a validity of ten (10) years from the date of application, which can be renewed indefinitely for further periods of ten (10) years upon payment of the prescribed renewal fee.
Angola is a member of the Paris Convention and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
The Chapter 2 of the Angolan Industrial Property Law (Article 2 to Article 14) deals with the mechanism of patent protection.
Process Patent and Product Patent are the two types of patents that can be protected in Angola.
In Angola, any invention that satisfies the conditions of novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability, subjects to patentability.
The types of patent applications in Algeria include Non-Convention Application, Convention Application, PCT National Phase Application, Divisional Application, and Patent of Addition.
Utility Model Protection is available under the patent law.
The time-period for the PCT National Phase Filing is thirty (30) months.
Opposition against a patent application can be raised at the pre-grant stage. At the pre-grant stage, any third party may raise an opposition after the patent gets published, but before it is granted, which is usually within two (02) months of publication.
The patent of invention lasts for fifteen (15) years in Angola. The protection term of a utility model patent is also fifteen (15) years.
The time frame for payment of Annuities before the due date is six (06) months.
Angola is a member of the Paris Convention.
Chapter 3 of the Angolan Industrial Property Law (Article 16 to Article 28) deals with the mechanism of registration of industrial designs.
The types of industrial design applications in Angola include only the Convention Application.
Utility model protection isn't provided under industrial design protection in Angola.
Opposition against an industrial design application can be raised within one (01) month from the date of publication of the industrial design in the official gazette.
The total duration of an industrial design registration is fifteen (15) years from the date of application. The initial term of registration is five (05) years, which is further extendible for two terms of (05) five years each upon payment of the renewal fee.
There is a grace period of six (06) months to renew an industrial design in Angola.
In Angola, the Law on Authors' Rights (No. 4/90 of March 10, 1990) deals with the mechanism of copyright protection.
The standard copyright protection term lasts for the lifetime of the author plus fifty (50) years following his death. However, the duration of copyright protection varies depending on the type of work.
For photographic works and applied arts, the validity of the copyright protection term is the lifetime of the copyright holder plus twenty-five (25) years following his death.