Burundi

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Burundi
BURUNDI

The landlocked Republic of Burundi lies on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika in Central Africa. It is bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.

Area: 27 830 km2

Population: 11,178,921 million

Capital: Bujumbura

Currency: Burundi Franc

GDP: $ 2.742 billion (2016)

Internet domain: .bi

Languages: French, Kirundi (official languages), Swahili

Working week: Monday – Friday

Exports: Coffee; tea; cotton; hides and skins

Imports: Capital goods; petroleum products; foodstuffs; consumer goods

  • Trade Marks

    Burundi is a member of the Paris Convention and the WTO/TRIPS.

    The Law makes provision for the registration of trade marks for goods and services, collective marks, certification marks, and geographical indications, and for the protection of trade names.


  • Patents

    Burundi is a member of the Paris Convention and the WTO/TRIPS.

    Patent protection is available by way of a national filing. Burundi is a member of the Paris Convention so that convention priority may be claimed. Burundi is not a member of the PCT so that applications cannot be filed in Burundi via PCT. However, the Law does provide that the Industrial Property Director must take into consideration an international search report and an international preliminary report issued under PCT.


  • Designs

    Burundi is a member of the Paris Convention and the WTO/TRIPS.

    Although regulations to implement the 2009 Law have not yet been promulgated, the 2009 Law is currently applied by the Registrar. Design protection is available by way of a national filing. Burundi is a member of the Paris Convention so that convention priority may be claimed.


  • Copyright

    Burundi is not a member of the Berne Convention but is a member of the WTO/TRIPS.

    There is no provision for the registration of copyright in Burundi; there are no formalities to be complied with.

  • Plant Breeders' Rights

    Currently, no legislative provision for plant breeders’ rights or other sui generis protection for plants is available in Burundi.