Registered Designs

Note: Although (mainland) Tanganyika and (offshore) Zanzibar are united politically to form the Republic of Tanzania, they are treated separately for registration purposes, and separate design applications are required. Despite merger into the United Republic of Tanzania since 1964, Zanzibar retains its own legislature, courts and laws on industrial property inter alia.

The Zanzibar Industrial Property Act of 2008 passed by the House of Representatives repealed the Patents Decree Cap.157 of 1932. The Zanzibar Industrial Property Act of 2008 came into force on 13 September 2008 and is being applied despite the absence of Regulations, forms and fees.

Membership of International Conventions:

  • Paris Union (from 16 June 1963 - as United Republic of Tanzania)
  • WIPO (from 30 December 1983 - as United Republic of Tanzania)

Types of Designs available:

  • Industrial Designs.

Novelty Requirements:

An industrial design is new if it has not been disclosed to the public anywhere in the world, by publication in tangible form or by use or in any other way, prior to the filing date or, where applicable, the priority date of the application for registration.

Disclosure to the public of the design shall not be taken into consideration if it was by reason or in consequence of an abuse committed by a third party with regard to the applicant or his predecessor in title and it occurred within six months preceding the filing date or where applicable, the priority date of the application.


An industrial design means any composition of lines or colours or any three-dimensional form, whether or not associated with lines or colours, provided that such composition or form gives a special appearance to a product of industry or handicraft and can serve as a pattern for a product of industry or handicraft, and appeals to and is judged by the eye.

Two or more industrial designs may be the subject of the same application, provided that they relate to the same class of the International Classification or to the same set or composition of articles.

Industrial designs that are contrary to public order or morality are not registrable.

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of Attorney (can be late filed).
  • Drawings, photographs or other adequate graphic representations of the article embodying the industrial design (required on the day of filing).
  • An indication of the kind of products for which the industrial design is to be used.
  • Certified copy of priority document, if priority claimed (can be late filed within three months from filing).
  • Verified Translation of Priority Document if not in English (can be late filed within three months from filing).
  • Assignment (can be late filed).

Substantive Examination:


Deferred Publication:

The application, at the time of filing, may contain a request that the publication of the industrial design upon registration, be deferred for a period not exceeding twelve months from the date of filing or, if priority is claimed, from the date of priority of the application.

Duration and Renewal:

Design registration is valid for an initial term of five years from the filing date, which is renewable upon payment of the required fees for two further terms of five years each. A grace period of three months is provided for late payment of the renewal fee.

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