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Intellectual property in Zimbabwe

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The national organization in charge of intellectual property is the Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Office (ZIPO) within the Ministry of Justice, Department of the acts of corporate and intellectual property.
Regional Organisations
Zimbabwe is a member of the African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO).
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent Act
20 ans Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trade Marks Act
10 years (renewable)
Industrial Designs Act
15 years from the registration date (10 years, renewable for 5 years)  
Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act
For the length of the author's life plus 50 years after his death Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Industrial Models
ARIPO Utility models Act 10 (Protocole de Harare)
10 years  

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