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At the end of the fifth year from the filing date, the applicant must request renewal of the utility model certificate for an additional 5 year period. The utility model certificate expires without the possibility of renewal, 10 years after the filing date of the corresponding application.
The applicant must request renewal by letter to the Registrar General and pay a fee of RWF 250,000. In case of delay, a surcharge of RWF 50,000 is applicable. A 6 months grace period is given before the surcharge is applied.