Patent applications are examined as to compliance with formal requirements only; i.e. the novel and inventive merit of the invention is not assessed, even though Djibouti’s patent law provides therefor.
Duration & Maintenance
Patents are valid for twenty years from the date of filing the patent application.
Maintenance fees are payable on the fifth, tenth and fifteenth anniversaries of the date of filing. There is a six-month grace period for affecting late payment of the maintenance fees.
A patent must be worked within three years for the date of grant or four years from the date of filing, whichever is the later. A compulsory license may be granted for a patent which is not being worked.