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Paris Convention
Convention establishing World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents
Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Lusaka Agreement

Patents of Invention
Patents of Addition
ARIPO Designations

Relative novelty applies. Not disclosed to the public anywhere in the world, by publication in tangible form, or in Malawi, by description or by use or in any other way, before the priority date.

Formal and substantive examination as to whether subject matter is an “invention”.

Sixteen years from the filing date
Annual maintenance payments

A patent should be worked within three years from the date of sealing of the patent or four years from the date of filing the application, whichever period expires last. Failure so to work the patent may be grounds for grant of compulsory licenses.