WHO IS PACRA
The Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) is a semi-autonomous executive agency of the Zambian Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry. Its principal functions are to operate a legal system for registration and protection of commercial and industrial property and to serve as a legal depository of the information tendered for registration. It comprises two core departments - Industrial Property and Commercial. Others are Accounts, Human Resources and Administration, and Information Technology (IT). Mr. Anthony Bwembya is the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the institution. He is assisted by Messrs Lloyd S. Thole and Christopher Mapani, Assistant Registrar for Industrial Property Unit and Commercial Unit respectively.
To provide customer focussed, efficient and effective registration and protection systems for commercial and intellectual property rights in order to promote innovation and orderly trade for the benefit of the nation.
To be a beacon of excellence in company and industrial property registration and protection.
FUNCTIONS OF PACRA
1.Administer and attend to matters incidental to the Companies Act Cap. 388; The Registration of Business Names Act No 16 of 2011; Patents Act Cap. 400; Trade Marks Act Cap. 401 and Registered Designs Act Cap. 402.
2.Ensure Zambia’s continued adherence to the various conventions and treaties on the protection of intellectual property, namely, trademarks, patents and industrial designs;
3.Promote the establishment and maintenance of a computerized information center for the publicity of company transactions, financial positions and the dissemination of technical information contained in patent documents to potential and actual users;