Registration of trademark in Africa

Over the course of two decades, many companies in the post-Soviet space are actively moving out of and go beyond their countries to develop foreign markets. Particular interest is shown to the countries of the African continent, which opens wide scope for commercial activities.

Therefore, now they often face the question of how to register a trademark in Africa. If you are also interested in this issue, Law&Trust Law Firm will provide the necessary consultation, prepare all the documents and submit them to the appropriate authorities.

How to patent trademarks in Africa?

It should be noted that the term "patenting" is mainly characteristic of the legislation of the Russian Federation. Therefore, the notion of "registration of trademarks" is more applicable to Africa, and it is implemented in several ways:

• National procedure - submitting an application to the national intellectual property office of the country where you will register the trademark;

• Regional procedure - if a country is a member of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) or the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI);

• International procedure - the application should be submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organization if the country is a party to the Madrid Agreement or Protocol.

The cost of registration of TM in Africa

Law&Trust тrenders services all over the world, and African countries are no exception. The cost of registration of trademarks in various states of Africa varies and depends on the method and country of registration. You can find out more information during the consultation.

Trademark registration procedure in Africa

In Africa, there are two trademark registration systems regulated by the relevant organizations. The use of regional registration serves to ensure the protection of the trademark in a number of states that are parties of the same system.

Trademark can be registered in such countries as Gambia, Ghana, Zambia, Zanzibar, Kenya, Mauritius, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa through the regional ARIPO system.

Submission of the application for trademark registration is possible through the national office, and also through the regional system. The application is subjected only to formal examination, and verification in order to identify similar trademarks in Africa is not carried out. If the application meets the requirements, it is transmitted to the national office of the countries indicated in the application for research on compliance with national trademark legislation. One year passesfrom submission of the application to registration.

Registration through the regional OAPI system allows the registration of trademarks in Angola, Burundi, Djibouti, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Eritrea and Ethiopia. It includes the countries participating in the Madrid system, namely: Algeria, Egypt, Liberia, Madagascar, Morocco, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe and Tunisia.

The application for registration of trademark should be submitted to the Central Office of the OAPI. It is subject to formal examination, without searching for similar trademarks. In case of compliance with formal requirements, the application is registered and published in the Official Bulletin of the organization. It takes 9-12 monthsfor the entire registration procedure according to the regional system from submitting application to registration.

What documents are needed to register TM in Africa?

The following documentsshould beattached to the application for registration of TM in Africa:

• the designation to be registered;

• a list of classes of goods and services to which the products subject to marking with the claimed trademark correspond;

• verbal description of the trademark.

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Country Comprehensive review Registration service Registration certificate Total
Trademark registration in Algeria
First class, Word mark OR Logo
178.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
56.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo:
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
616.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
189.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo794.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo245.00 USD
First class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Trademark registration in Angola
First class, Word mark OR Logo
128.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
128.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo:
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
896.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
780.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
423.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
367.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo1447.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo1275.00 USD
First class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Trademark registration in Burundi
First class, Word mark OR Logo
117.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
117.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo:
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
1365.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
94.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo1482.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo211.00 USD
First class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Trademark registration in Congo
First class, Word mark OR Logo
415.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
103.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo:
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
1212.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
275.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo1627.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo378.00 USD
First class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Trademark registration in Djibouti
First class, Word mark OR Logo
280.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
196.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo:
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
2020.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
654.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo2300.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo850.00 USD
First class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Trademark registration in Eritrea
First class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
First class, Word mark AND Logo:
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
1219.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
615.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo1219.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo615.00 USD
First class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Trademark registration in Ethiopia
First class, Word mark OR Logo
141.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
141.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo:
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
1825.00
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
520.00
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo
No data
First class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo
No data
First class, Word mark OR Logo1966.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark OR Logo661.00 USD
First class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
Additional class, Word mark AND Logo0.00 USD
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