– Law on the Protection of Intellectual Property (Law No. 31/2009) dated October 26, 2009, published on December 14, 2009, amended on September 24, 2018.

Membership in International Conventions

– Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
– Universal Copyright Convention.
– WTO's TRIPS Agreement.
– Marrakesh Treaty, since January 25, 2022.


Registration is not required for owners of an original work. Copyright protection is automatic and free from the moment a work is created.  

Duration: during the lifetime of the author, plus 50 years after his death.


Authority name: Office of the Registrar General, Rwanda Development Board (RDB). 

Internet address: https://org.rdb.rw/intellectual-property-rights