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WIPO - PCT Applicant's Guide ZM - Zambia
Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) (Zambia)

Useful information

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: Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) (Zambia)
List of currencies used in this document:
USD (US dollar)
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:
Zambia
Two-letter code:
ZM
Zambia - Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) (Zambia)
Name of Office:
Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) (Zambia)
Location:
Pacra House
Haile Selassie Avenue
Long Acres
Lusaka
Zambia
Mailing address:
Registrar
Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA)
P.O. Box 32020
Lusaka
Zambia
Telephone:
(260-211) 25 51 35
(260-211) 25 54 25
(260-211) 25 51 51
E-mail:
patents@pacra.org.zm
pro@pacra.org.zm
Facsimile:
(260-211) 25 54 26
Does the Office accept the filing of documents by facsimile or the like means (PCT Rule 92.4)?
Yes, by e-mail and facsimile
Which kinds of documents may be so transmitted?
All kinds of documents
Must the original of the document be furnished in all cases?
Yes, within one month of transmission
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
provided that the delivery service is:
DHL
Federal Express
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:
AP
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization - African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)
IB
International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - International Bureau of WIPO
ZM
Zambia - Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) (Zambia)
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:
National protection: ZM
ARIPO protection: AP
Types of protection available via the PCT:
National:
Patents
Patents of addition
Utility models
ARIPO:
Patents
Utility models (a utility model may be sought instead of or in addition to an ARIPO patent)
Availability under the national law for an international-type search (PCT Article 15):
Section 52(3) of the Patents Act No. 40 of 2016
Provisional protection after international publication:
(1) International applications published in English: the applicant enjoys the rights as provided for in Section 62(2) of the Patents Act from the date on which the international application is published under PCT Article 21.
(2) International applications published in a language other than English: the applicant enjoys the rights as provided for in Section 62(2) of the Patents Act after a translation into English has been submitted by the applicant to the Office as provided for in Section 65(1) and publication has taken place in accordance with Section 54.
Information of interest if this Contracting State is designated (or elected)
For national protection
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?
Yes, refer to Annex L.
For further details, refer to Sections 21 and 32(2) of the Patents Act No. 40 of 2016
For an ARIPO patent
Refer to Annex B(AP)

Annex C - Receiving Office

Competent receiving Office for nationals and residents of:
Zambia
Language in which international applications may be filed:
English
Language accepted for language-dependent free text in the sequence listing:
The Office has not specifically notified the International Bureau of the language that it accepts under PCT Rule 12.1(d).
Same as above
Language in which the request may be filed:
English
Number of copies required by the receiving Office if application filed on paper:
3
Does the receiving Office accept the filing of international applications in electronic form?
Yes, the Office accepts electronic filing via ePCT-Filing
For the relevant notification by the Office, refer to the Official Notices (PCT Gazette) dated 23 July 2020, pages 159 et seq.
Where the international application is filed in electronic form in accordance with and to the extent provided for in Part 7 and Annex F of the Administrative Instructions, the total amount of the international filing fee is reduced (refer to “Fees payable to the receiving Office”).
Where the international application contains a sequence listing as a separate part of the description, this should be furnished in accordance with Annex C of the Administrative Instructions, that is, in compliance with WIPO Standard ST.26 XML format; no fees are due for sequence listings filed in this format. If the receiving Office does not accept international applications in electronic form in such format, the international application will be transmitted to the International Bureau as receiving Office (PCT Rule 19.4(a)(ii-bis)).
Does the receiving Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 26bis.3)?
Yes, please refer to the Office for the applicable criteria and/or any fee payable for such requests
Competent International Searching Authority:
AT
Austria - Austrian Patent Office
SE
Sweden - Swedish Intellectual Property Office (PRV)
Competent International Preliminary Examining Authority:
AT
Austria - Austrian Patent Office
SE
Sweden - Swedish Intellectual Property Office (PRV)
Fees payable to the receiving Office:
Transmittal fee:
50 USD
International filing fee:
1,562 USD
This fee is reduced by 90% if certain conditions apply (refer to Annex C(IB)).
Fee per sheet in excess of 30:
18 USD
Reductions (under Schedule of Fees, item 4):
Electronic filing (the request in character coded format):
235 USD
Electronic filing (the request, description, claims and abstract in character coded format):
352 USD
Search fee:
Refer to
Annex D(AT)
Annex D(SE)
Fee for priority document (PCT Rule 17.1(b)):
20 USD
Is an agent required by the receiving Office?
No, if the applicant resides in Zambia
Yes, if the applicant is a non-resident
Who can act as agent?
Any attorney or lawyer practicing in Zambia
Waiver of power of attorney:
Has the Office waived the requirement that a separate power of attorney be submitted?
Refer to the Office
Has the Office waived the requirement that a copy of a general power of attorney be submitted?
Refer to the Office

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):
Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
English
Required contents of the translation for entry into the national phase:
Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
Under PCT Article 22: Description, claims (if amended, both as amended and as originally filed, together with any statement under PCT Article 19), 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, both as amended by the annexes to the international preliminary examination report and as originally filed)
Is a copy of the international application required in particular circumstances?
No
National fees:
Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
Patents
National processing fee
115 USD
First annual fee
50 USD
The first annual fee is due within four years from the international filing date
Patents of addition
National processing fee
115 USD
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 Zambia 1
An instrument appointing the agent (authorization or power of attorney) is required 1
Translation of the international application to be furnished in three copies 1
Name and address of the inventor if they have not been furnished in the “Request” part of the international application, 1 2
Evidence of entitlement to file where the applicant is not the inventor, 2 3
Evidence of entitlement to claim priority where the applicant is not the applicant who filed the earlier application 1 2
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) 3
Who can act as agent?
Any attorney or lawyer practicing in Zambia
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

Information not yet available

Annexes

Annex ZM.I - Fees
Information not yet available
Forms
Please refer to the Office.
Notes:
1 a b c d e 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 three months from the date of the invitation.
2 a b c The requirement may be satisfied if the corresponding declaration has been made in accordance with PCT Rule 4.17.
3 a b If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office with invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within two months from the date of the invitation.
Current version applicable from 1 Mar 2024 , printed on 25 Jun 2024