Monday, October 9 2023   \  Published by Saba IP.

Rwanda Joins the Budapest Treaty: A New Chapter in Biotech and Intellectual Property in East Africa

Rwanda Joins the Budapest Treaty: A New Chapter in Biotech and Intellectual Property in East Africa

In an important development, the Republic of Rwanda has officially joined the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure. This step marks a significant milestone for the East African nation in the realm of intellectual property rights and biotechnology.

What is the Budapest Treaty?

Established on April 28, 1977, and later amended on September 26, 1980, the Budapest Treaty simplifies the process of depositing microorganisms for the purpose of patent procedure. The Treaty eliminates the need for patent applicants to deposit samples of microorganisms in each country where they wish to obtain patent rights. Instead, a single deposit in one of the recognized international depositary authorities is sufficient for applications in all contracting states.

The Significance for Rwanda

By acceding to the Budapest Treaty, Rwanda joins the list of nations committed to standardized procedures in recognizing the deposits of microorganisms for patents. This is an advantageous move for several reasons: Read more

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