The Patents Act

Act Number: 
No.40 of 2016

Date of Assent: 27th December, 2016

An Act to provide for the protection and administration of patents; to provide for the patentability of inventions; to provide for the process for obtaining letters patent for an invention; to provide for the restriction, publication and communication of patents; promote the use of patented information and technological knowledge; to provide for contractual and compulsory licences; to provide for the use and acquisition of inventions by the Government; to promote and encourage innovative and inventive activities and local generation of technologies; to provide for the protection of utility models and the grant of a utility model certificate; to give effect to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property 1883, the Patent Cooperation Treaty 1970, the Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs adopted on December 10, 1982, and the World Trade Organisation Agreement on TradeRelated Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, 1994, and any other relevant international treaty or convention to which Zambia is a State Party; to repeal and replace the Patents Act, 1958; and to provide for matters connected with, or incidental to, the foregoing.

ENACTED by the Parliament of Zambia.

Acts of Parliament (Post 1997)