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.
To provide efficient and effective registration and protection systems for commercial and intellectual property rights in order to protect innovation and orderly trade for the benefit of the nation.
To achieve a high level of efficiency in the registration, protection and provision of information in commercial and Intellectual Property Rights.
FUNCTIONS OF PACRO
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