On 1 October Namibia became the 123rd Contracting State of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) when it deposited its instrument of accession at WIPO. The Treaty will enter into force for Namibia on 1 January 2004. In any international patent application filed on or after that date, an applicant may designate Namibia. Additionally, nationals and residents of Namibia may themselves file PCT applications as of the same date.

The IPKat wonders if the whole exercise is worthwhile. WIPO’s own patent filing statistics for 1997-2001 do not give any records of any Namibian patents having been applied for or granted (apparently Namibia has notched up only around five patents a year since 1990). It would be nice if a better means could be found for helping countries such as Namibia to atttract technology and industrial growth.

General information about patenting in Namibia here
Namibia’s current economic prospects here
A taste of Namibia here

NAMIBIA JOINS PCT -- BUT WILL ANYONE NOTICE? NAMIBIA JOINS PCT  --  BUT WILL ANYONE NOTICE? Reviewed by Jeremy on Friday, October 17, 2003 Rating: 5

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