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Swaziland
Information on the filing of Patents, Designs and Trademarks in Swaziland

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TRADEMARK REGISTRATIONS

1. Filing requirements

1.1 Full name, street address and description of the applicant (including trading style, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated).
1.2 List of goods and/or services.
1.3 A simply signed power of attorney.
1.4 6 prints of the mark - alternatively in electronic format

2. Classification

2.1 The 45 classes of the International Classification (Nice Agreement) are followed.
2.2 Several classes may be covered in a single application.

3. General

3.1 Duration : 10 years from date of application and renewable for further periods of 10 years.
3.2 Use : Non-use by owner or licensee for a continuous period of 3 years from filing, may render a mark vulnerable to expungement upon request by a third party.
3.3 Marking : Advised.
3.4 Licenses : Permitted.
3.5 Collective marks : Not provided for.
3.6 Assignments : Permitted.

4. Costs

4.1 Application : 1st trade mark application/1st class $691.00; each additional class $81.00; each additional trade mark application $563.00. *
4.2 Registration : 1st trade mark application/1st class $325.00; each additional class $205.00; each additional trade mark application $225.00.
4.3 Assignment: First trade mark $452.00, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $216.00 each, preparation of documents $143.00.
4.4 Recordal of change of name: First trade mark $287.00, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $164.00.
4.5 Recordal of change of address or change of address for services: First trade mark $190.00, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $130.00 each.
4.6 Licences: First trade mark $430.00, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $187.00 each, preparation of statement of case $97,00; preparation of registered user documents $377.00.
4.7 Renewal: 1st registration/1st class $466.00, each additional class $85.00; each additional registration renewed simultaneously $343.00.
4.8 Search : From $362.00.

Please note that the application fee covers the filing costs and normal prosecution of the application only. Additional costs could well arise upon examination of the application which are difficult to estimate as it would depend on the various requirements raised by the Registrar i.e. disclaimers, admissions etc. and advertisment.

Please further note that the above amounts exclude the following up and obtaining of certificates pertaining to renewal, assignment, licences, change of name and change of address.

 

PATENT AND DESIGN REGISTRATIONS

In our experience, it is better to file an ARIPO regional application designating at least Swaziland rather than a national application direcly in Swaziland. The main reason for our opinion is that ARIPO is run by WIPO and, accordingly, operates much more efficiently than the Swaziland Patent and Design Offices. Furthermore, the cost of filing an ARIPO application designating only Swaziland is about the same as the cost of filing a national application directly in Swaziland. A further benefit of the ARIPO route is that it is possible to designate other ARIPO member countries by paying additional designation fees at a relatively nominal surcharge.

For more information on ARIPO patents click here.

For more information on ARIPO designs click here.