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(2) The Office may, with the consent of the Minister, make an agreement referred to in rule 19(1)(b) of the Regulations under the Treaty whereby an intergovernmental organisation or the national office of another contracting state of the Treaty may act instead of and on behalf of the Office as receiving office for applicants who are residents or nationals of Namibia. Filing of international applications with the Office 79. (1) Subject to section 78(2), an international application filed with the Office as receiving office must be filed in English and - (a) the prescribed transmittal fee must be paid to the Office within one month from the date of receipt of the international application; and (b) the international fee and the search fee specified in rules 15 and 16 of the Regulations under the Treaty must be paid to the Office within the time limits specified in the said rules. (2) If the applicant fails to comply with any of the requirements of subsection (1) within the time limits referred to in that subsection, the international application must be considered withdrawn for the purposes of this Act. The Office as designated office 80. The Office must act as the designated office in respect of an international application in which Namibia is designated for the purposes of obtaining a national patent under this Act. The Office as elected office 81. The Office must act as the elected office in respect of an international application in which Namibia is designated as referred to in section 80 if the applicant elects Namibia for the purposes of an international preliminary examination under Chapter II of the Treaty.
No. 4907 Government Gazette 23 March 2012 53 Act No. 1, 2012 INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY ACT, 2012 National processing 82. The Office as designated office or elected office may not commence processing of the national phase of an international application designating or electing Namibia for the purposes of a national patent before the expiration of the time limit referred to in section 79 except if the applicant complies with the requirements of that section and files with the Office an express written request for early commencement of such processing. Entering national phase 83. (1) The applicant in respect of an international application designating Namibia for the purposes of a national patent must, regardless of the provisions of Articles 22 and 39 of the Treaty, before the expiration of 31 months from the priority date or of such later time limit as may be prescribed - (a) pay the prescribed national fee to the Office; and (b) if the international application was not filed in, or has not been published under the Treaty as a translation into English, file with the Office, within the prescribed period, a translation of the international application, containing the prescribed contents, into English.

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