Republic of Angola Official language: Portuguese Currency: Kwanza (AOA) Time zone: WAT (UTC+1) - Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+1) ISO 3166 code: AO Internet TLD: .ao
National Law for IP matters
Law 3/92 of 28 February 1992 (Industrial Property Law) Law 4/90 of March 1990 (Author’s Rights and Related Rights Law)
WIPO Convention WTO and The TRIPS Agreement Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, Stockholm Act, since December 27, 2007 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), since December 27, 2007
Filing Requirements (1) Name, nationality and address of the applicant. (2) Title, description, claims and abstract of the invention (in Portuguese). (3) Name and country of residence of the inventor. (4) Priority data and documents, if applicable (copy of the basic patent together with certified Portuguese translation; may be submitted later). (5) Power of Attorney signed by the inventor in favour of the applicant, in case the applicant is not the inventor (legalized; may be submitted later). (6) Power of Attorney (legalized; may be submitted later).
Oppositions Oppositions to patent applications are not available in Angolan law. Interested parties may file an invalidity action at the competent court.
Duration The patent duration begins on the date of application and runs for a period of 15 years, subject to the payment of annuities.
Filing Requirements (1) Name, nationality and address of the applicant. (2) A sample or graphical representation of the model or design. (3) Description of novelty claimed and indication of the type of goods for which the design or model should be used. (4) Priority data and documents, if applicable (accompanied by certified Portuguese translation; may be submitted later). (5) Power of Attorney (legalized; may be submitted later).
Oppositions Oppositions to design applications are not available in Angolan law. Interested parties may file an invalidity action at the competent court.
Duration and Use The design registration is valid for 5 years from the date of filing of the application. This term may be renewed for two further periods of 5 years. The design right lapses by lack of exploitation for a period of 1 year.
Trade and Service Marks
Filing Requirements (1) Name, nationality, occupation and address or place of business of the applicant. (2) Specification of goods or services (Nice Classification; multi-class application not possible) (*) (3) Graphical representation of the mark. (4) In case of foreign applicants, appropriate evidence that the mark is related to their activity (commercial, industrial or professional) which must be effectively and lawfully exercised in the country of origin. (5) Power of Attorney (legalized). (6) Priority data and documents, if applicable (certified copy of home application with legalized Portuguese translation).
(*) The application may cover any number of goods or services in the same class but additional fees are charged for each good or service beyond the first five.
Oppositions Oppositions to trade or service mark applications are accepted by Angolan Office although not foreseen in the relevant law. The deadline for oppositions is 60 days after publication in the Angolan Industrial Property Bulletin.
Duration and Use The duration of a trade or service mark registration is 10 renewable years counted from the date of application. The law indicates that the registration lapses by lack of trademark use for 2 consecutive years except in instances of force majeure duly justified.