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WIPO - PCT Applicant's Guide AO - Angola
Angolan Institute of Industrial Property

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The PCT Applicant’s Guide is updated almost every week with information received by the International Bureau.
In case of question, please contact the Office or the International Bureau (pct.guide@wipo.int).
List of abbreviations used in this document:
Office: Angolan Institute of Industrial Property
List of currencies used in this document:
AOA (Kwanza)
Countries and Offices information:
The list of acronyms used for Offices is no longer shown as it has been integrated in the mouseover functionality for each ST.3 code shown in this document.
Refer to List of WIPO Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines formerly Annex K, List of country names and two-letter codes. It includes a list of short names and two-letter codes accepted for use in indicating States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations and their Offices in documents relating to international applications under the PCT. The list is as set out in WIPO Standard ST.3.
Also refer to PCT Contracting States formerly Annex A.
Office profile
For more technical information about the Office, refer to ePCT Office profile.
PCT Reservations, Declarations, Notifications and Incompatibilities
The Office does not have any reservations, declarations, notifications or incompatibilities.
Refer to the full list.
Office Closed dates
The Office is closed weekly on Saturday and Sunday
Additional closed dates can be consulted on the Office Closed dates page

International Phase

Annex B - Information on Contracting States or Intergovernmental Organization

Contracting State:
Angola
Two-letter code:
AO
Angola - Angolan Institute of Industrial Property
Name of Office:
Angolan Institute of Industrial Property
Location:
Largo 17 de Setembro
Edifício Palácio de Vidro
n° 7
4° Andar
Ala Esquerda
Caixa Postal 3840
Luanda-Marginal
Angola
Mailing address:
Same as above
Telephone:
(244-222) 04 49 91
(244-922) 40 49 36
E-mail:
iapi1992@iapi.gov.ao
Website:
None
Facsimile:
None
Does the Office accept the filing of documents by facsimile or the like means (PCT Rule 92.4)?
No
Would the Office accept evidence of mailing a document, in case of loss or delay, where a delivery service other than the postal authorities is used (PCT Rule 82.1)?
Yes
Is the Office prepared to allow applicants to make applications available to the WIPO Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS) (PCT Rule 17.1(b-bis)?
No
Competent receiving Office(s) for international applications filed by nationals or residents of this State:
Refer to corresponding Annex C.
IB
International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - International Bureau of WIPO
Does national legislation restrict the filing of international applications with foreign Offices?
Refer to the Office
Competent designated (or elected) Office(s) for this State:
Refer to corresponding National Phase.
AO
Angola - Angolan Institute of Industrial Property
Types of protection available via the PCT:
Certificates of addition
Patents
Utility models
Availability under the national law for an international-type search (PCT Article 15):
None
Provisional protection after international publication:
None
Information of interest if this Contracting State is designated (or elected)
Time when the name and address of the inventor must be given:
Must be in the request. If the data concerning the inventor are missing at the expiration of the time limit under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit fixed in the invitation.
Are there special provisions concerning the deposit of microorganisms and other biological material?
No

Annex C - Receiving Office

The Office does not act as receiving Office
This Office has delegated its RO functions to RO/IB. Refer to Annex C(IB) for more information.

National Phase

Summary of requirements for entry into the national phase

Time limits applicable for entry into the national phase:
Under PCT Article 22(1): 30 months from the priority date
Under PCT Article 39(1)(a): 30 months from the priority date
Translation of international application required into (one of) the following language(s): 1
Portuguese
Required contents of the translation for entry into the national phase: 1
Under PCT Article 22: Description, claims (if amended, as amended only), any text matter of drawings, abstract
Under PCT Article 39(1): Description, claims, any text matter of drawings, abstract (if any of those parts has been amended, only as amended by the annexes to the international preliminary examination report)
Is a copy of the international application required in particular circumstances?
No
National fees: 2
Patents
Filing fee and publication fee up to 15 claims
27,722 AOA
For each claim over 15
plus 792 AOA
Utility models
Filing fee and publication fee up to 15 claims
13,464 AOA
For each claim over 15
plus 792 AOA
Exemptions, reductions or refunds of fees:
None
Special requirements of the Office (PCT Rule 51bis):
Appointment of an agent if the applicant is not resident in Angola 3
An instrument appointing the agent (authorization or power of attorney) is required 3
Name and address of the inventor if they have not been furnished in the “Request” part of the international application 4 5
Statement or notice as to the applicant’s entitlement to apply for and be granted a patent 4 5
Two copies of translation of international application should be furnished
Document evidencing a change of name or person of the applicant if the change occurred after the international filing date and has not been reflected in a notification from the International Bureau (Form PCT/IB/306) 5
Furnishing, where applicable, of a nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence listing in electronic form
Who can act as agent?
Any attorney or lawyer authorized to represent applicants before the national Office in Angola
Does the Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 49ter.2)?
Yes, please refer to the Office for the applicable criteria and/or any fee payable for such requests

The procedure in the national Phase

AO.01 TRANSLATION (CORRECTION)
Errors in the translation of the international application can be corrected with reference to the text of the international application as filed (refer to National Phase, paragraphs 6.002 and 6.003).
AO.02 FEES (MANNER OF PAYMENT)
The manner of payment of the fees indicated in the Summary and this Chapter is outlined in Annex AO.I.
AO.03 EXAMINATION
The Office will examine or arrange the examination of patent applications as to substance. A request for examination must be filed within three years from the international filing date. The request is subject to the payment of a fee which is indicated in Annex AO.I.
AO.04 POWER OF ATTORNEY
An agent must be appointed by filing a power of attorney if the applicant is not a resident in Angola. If the power of attorney is not filed at the time of entry into the national phase, it may be filed within two months from the expiration of that time limit.
AO.05 AMENDMENT OF THE APPLICATION; TIME LIMITS
PCT Art. 28, PCT Art. 41
The applicant may amend or correct the claims, description and drawings in the international application provided that the scope of the subject matter of the application is not broadened thereby. The applicant may file voluntary amendments during the processing of the international application and after grant. Such amendments are subject to the payment of a fee as indicated in Annex AO.I.
AO.06
Where, after taking due account of the international search and international preliminary examination reports, the Office concludes that the application does not comply with the criteria for patentability, it will notify the applicant accordingly and invite him to submit his observations and, where needed, amendments to the application together with a request that the matter be reconsidered. The Office will allow not less than two and not more than six months for the submission of the observations and amendments.
AO.07 ANNUAL FEES
Annual fees are due on the eve of each anniversary of the international filing date. The Office will issue a reminder to the applicant concerning payment of the annual fee at least one month prior to the date on which the annual fee is due. Subject to the payment of a surcharge (for the amount, refer to Annex AO.I), annual fees may be paid up to six months after the date. Any annual fee which falls due during the international phase need not be paid until the expiration of the applicable time limit for the entry into the national phase.
AO.08 EXCUSE OF DELAYS IN MEETING TIME LIMITS
PCT Art. 24(2), PCT Art. 48(2), PCT Rule 82bis
Reference is made to paragraphs 6.022 to 6.027 of the National Phase. At the Director General’s discretion, the applicant may be given an extension of any time limit prescribed by the Regulations and the Administrative Instructions. Such extension may be granted even if the time limit has already expired.
AO.09 UTILITY MODEL
PCT Rule 49bis.1, PCT Rule 49bis.1(a), PCT Rule 49bis.1(b), PCT Rule 76.5
If the applicant wishes to obtain a utility model registration in Angola on the basis of an international application
(i) instead of a patent, or
(ii) in addition to a patent,
the applicant, when performing the acts referred to in Article 22 or 39, shall so indicate to the Office.
AO.10
If the international application is for a utility model instead of a patent, the requirements are basically the same as for patents. The time limit applicable for entry into the national phase is 31 months under PCT Article 22 or 39(1) and the term of protection of utility models is 15 years from the international filing date.
AO.11
If the international application is for both a utility model and a patent, the applicant must, within the time limit applicable for entry into the national phase, comply with the following requirements:
(i) pay two filing fees for both the patent and the utility model within 21 days from entry into the national phase;
(ii) where the international application was not filed in Portuguese, furnish a translation into Portuguese in two copies, including the description and at least one claim.
AO.12 CONVERSION
An international application for a patent may be converted into a utility model application and vice versa. Conversion from a patent application into a utility model application must be undertaken within 60 days from date of entry into the national phase. The applicant can still apply to the Director General of IAPI if the 60 days time limit has expired for the conversion as long as the patent application has not yet been examined as to substance.

Annexes

Annex AO.I - Fees
Patents
National fee, comprising:
— Filing fee and publication fee up to 15 claims
27,722 AOA
— For each claim over 15
plus 792 AOA
Examination fee
27,280 AOA
Fee for registration of assignments, transmissions, amendments, etc
10,032 AOA
Annual fees (payable on each anniversary of the international filing date):
— for the 1st anniversary
3,784 AOA
— for the 2nd anniversary
4,050 AOA
— for the 3rd anniversary
4,400 AOA
— for the 4th anniversary
5,016 AOA
— for the 5th anniversary
5,368 AOA
— for the 6th anniversary
5,632 AOA
— for the 7th anniversary
6,248 AOA
— for the 8th anniversary
6,600 AOA
— for the 9th anniversary
6,952 AOA
— for the 10th anniversary
7,568 AOA
— for the 11th anniversary
7,832 AOA
— for the 12th anniversary
8,184 AOA
— for the 13th anniversary
8,448 AOA
— for the 14th anniversary
9,064 AOA
— for the 15th anniversary
9,680 AOA
Surcharge for late payment of annual fees within six month
+50% of the fee
Surcharge for late payment of annual fees after six month
+ three times the fee
Utility models
National fee, comprising:
— Filing fee and publication fee up to 15 claims
13,464 AOA
— For each claim over 15
plus 792 AOA
Examination fee
17,336 AOA
Fee for registration of assignments, transmissions, amendments, etc
10,032 AOA
Annual fees (payable on each anniversary of the international filing date):
— from the 1st to the 5th anniversary
per year 2,816 AOA
— from the 6th to the 10th anniversary
per year 3,520 AOA
— from the 11th to the 15th anniversary
per year 4,136 AOA
How can payment of fees be effected?
The payment of fees to IAPI must be effected in Kwanza. All payments must give the application number (national if already known; international if the national number is not yet known). Payment of fees may be made by bank check.
Forms
Please refer to the office.
Notes:
1 a b Must be furnished within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
2 a Must be paid within 21 days from the expiration of the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
3 a b If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit fixed in the invitation.
4 a b This requirement may be satisfied if the corresponding declaration has been made in accordance with PCT Rule 4.17.
5 a b c If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within two months from the date of the invitation.
Current version applicable from 15 Sep 2023 , printed on 29 May 2024