The Republic of Angola (country code: AO) became the 138th PCT Contracting State on 27 September 2007. The PCT will enter into force for this State on 27 December 2007, and as of that date, Angola may be designated in international applications.

The Republic of Angola also deposited its instrument of accession to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property on 27 September 2007, and the Paris Convention will therefore enter into force there on 27 December 2007.

Please note, however, that the law in Angola has not yet been amended to recognize the PCT, and it therefore unlikely that PCT national phase applications will be prosecuted until such time as the relevant laws have been put into place. Furthermore, it is not clear at the present time as to whether such national phase applications will afford any enforceable rights. You may therefore decide that it is preferable, until the law has been amended to provide for PCT applications, to file Convention patent applications in Angola until this situation has been resolved.

We will monitor this situation on a regular basis, and further details will be posted on this website as soon as any developments have occurred.