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United Republic (formed jointly by the Republic of Tanganyika and the Republic of Zanzibar) within the Commonwealth, however, Zanzibar retains its own president and house of representatives for legislation on domestic matters, including intellectual property rights.

Own laws

For own laws, membership of International Bodies and Contact Details please refer to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) website.


Patents: Tanzania is a member of the African Regional Industrial Property Organisation (ARIPO) and refers patent applications there for preliminary and substantive searches and registration.

(Tanganyika): No re-registration of UK patents

(Zanzibar) Patents granted in Great Britain may be registered in Zanzibar, provided application is made within three years from date of issue.

EP(UK): Tanganyika & Zanzibar: No re-registration.

Trade marks: No re-registration in Tanganyika or Zanzibar.

Designs: Designs registered in the UK are automatically extended to Tanganyika and Zanzibar. New legislation is in the process of being prepared.