The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation has 22 member states namely Botswana, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone,
Liberia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Eswatini, Tanzania,
Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Currently, 13 countries can be designated for
trademark registration and 19 for patents, utility models and industrial
Trademark Registration Process
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Your lawyers will help you to review the trademark(s) to be registered and advise you of the best protection approach according to the country laws and requirements.
With the knowledge of your goods/services, your lawyers will assist you with identifying the most appropriate international class for your trademark.
Although not mandatory, a trademark clearance search should be conducted to establish if your trademark can be registered and used in the market.
Your lawyers will submit your application for registration after reviewing and confirming that all formal requirements by the respective IPO have been met.
At this stage, the IPO will examine whether your trademark fulfills the requirements of the applicable trademark law.
After the examination process, the trademark is published and third parties may submit an opposition against it being registered. Your lawyers' role is to address and respond to any oppositions and ensure that your trademark proceeds to registration.
After the opposition period, your trademark is registered and a certificate of registration is issued.
Registration of the trademark is just the beginning, there is need for vigilance in the market. Your lawyers help you lookout for potential infringement through our trademark watch service.
Trademark registration is valid for a specific period of years after which it has to be renewed, 10 years in most jurisdictions with a few exceptions. We got you covered.
African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is headquartered in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe in Southern Africa.