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Submit utility model registration documents
(last modified: 26/04/2018)

Timeframe ( ver detalles )

Espera hasta paso siguiente

0 mn  -  10 mn
30 days  -  60 days

Contact details

Entity in charge

Rwanda Development Board

Gishushu, Nyarutarama Road , Kigali P.O Box 6239
Tel: +250 252 585 179
Email: info@rdb.rw
Website: http://www.rdb.rw

Unit in charge

Intellectual Property Division

Mon: 07:00-17:00
Tue: 07:00-17:00
Wed: 07:00-17:00
Thu: 07:00-17:00
Fri: 07:00-15:00

Person in charge

Alexis Tuyizere

Registration Officer
Tel: 0788739883
Email: alexis.tuyizere@rdb.rw

Expected results

Journal receipt notice Journal receipt notice

Requirements

Natural persons Legal persons Representatives
For individuals
1. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Payment receipt (original)
2. Application letter - UM
Application letter - UM (original)
addressed to the registrar general
3. Application form (utility model)
Application form (utility model) (original)
duly filled and signed
4. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Description of the invention (original)
5. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Drawings, models, or samples (original)
6. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Abstract (original)
7. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Proof of identity (original + Simple copy)
of the applicant (passport or national ID)
For companies
1. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Payment receipt (original)
2. Application letter - UM
Application letter - UM (original)
addressed to the registrar general
3. Application form (utility model)
Application form (utility model) (original)
duly filled and signed
4. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Description of the invention (original)
5. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Drawings, models, or samples (original)
6. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Abstract (original)
7. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Certificate of domestic company registration (Simple copy)
or certificate of incorporation from the country of origin if the company is foreign in which case the copy must be notarized
In addition, for an authorized representative
1. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Proof of identity (original + Simple copy)
of the authorized representative (passport or national ID)
2. 01 - Libre deuda de patente
Power of attorney (an authentic copy)
notarized

Time frame

There is no exact maximum time before the utility model registration certificate is granted, as the timeframe varies depending on the complexity of the innovation. The whole application and processing process lasts on average for 1 year at maximum.
Attention at counter: Max.  10mn
Waiting time until next step: Min.  30 days - Max.  60 days

Legal justification

1. Law on the protection of intellectual property N° 31/2009 of 26/10/2009
Law on the protection of intellectual property N° 31/2009 of 26/10/2009
articles icles32, 64, 65, 66

Additional information

Applicants who do not reside in Rwanda must be represented by an authorized industrial property agent in Rwanda.

After receiving a complete application, the IP unit starts the formal examination of the utility model application. This step may take 1 to 2 months before it is complete. Within that period, additional information may be requested by the IP department when necessary. In such cases, the applicant is given an "incomplete notice" with details of what modifications have to be made and the deadline. Site visits by IP officers may also occur. Once the examination concludes that the application is complete, the applicant receives an "acceptance notice".

Who certified this information ?

Balise RUHIMA, Division Manager, Intellectual Property, 08/07/2016

Recourse: Rwanda Development Board

Entity in charge

Rwanda Development Board

Gishushu, Nyarutarama Road , Kigali P.O Box 6239
Tel: +250 252 585 179
Email: info@rdb.rw
Website: http://www.rdb.rw

Unit in charge

Intellectual Property Division

Mon: 07:00-17:00
Tue: 07:00-17:00
Wed: 07:00-17:00
Thu: 07:00-17:00
Fri: 07:00-15:00

Person in charge

Blaise Ruhima Mbaraga

Division Manager
Tel: + 250 788 632 160
Email: blaise.ruhima@rdb.rw
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