ARIPO Trade Mark Registrations

Member States (Banjul Protocol):  Botswana, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Sao Tome & Principe.

  1. Filing requirements
    1. Full name, street address and description of the applicant (including trading style, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated).
    2. List of goods and/or services.
    3. A simply signed power of attorney.
    4. Clear print of device mark.
    5. If Convention priority is claimed, a certified true copy of priority documents, together with a verified English translation if appropriate.

  2. Classification
    1. The 9th Edition of the International Classification (Nice Agreement) is followed.
    2. Multiclass - YES.

  3. General
    1. Duration: 10 years from date of application and renewable for further periods of 10 years.
    2. Duration if priority claimed: 10 years from priority date and renewable from further periods of 10 years.
    3. Use: Determined on a purely national basis.  In most contracting countries, within five years of registration and thereafter, non-use for a continuous period of five years or longer may render a registration vulnerable to removal by an aggrieved party.
    4. Marking: Not compulsory but highly recommended.
    5. Licenses: Are permitted.
    6. Assignments: Assignment of applications permissible.

  4. Costs USD
    1. Application: 1 mark in 1 class designating 1 state $1275 additional states $190 per state.
      * a surcharge of US $6 per word after 50 in specification of goods/services
    2. Application: Additional classes filed simultaneously $165 per state
    3. Publication/registration fee: 1 mark in 1 class designating 1 state $385;  each additional state $135;  each additional class, per state $80 per state
    4. Claiming priority:  $95 each.
    5. Assignment: First trade mark in 1 class, 1 state $860;  $50 per additional state, additional classes filed simultaneously $190 each per designated state.
    6. Recordal of change of name or address: First trade mark (per designated state) $300, additional marks filed simultaneously (per designated state) $100 each.
    7. Renewal: One mark/class designating 1 state $905;  each additional state $140, additional classes renewed simultaneously $205 each;  $50 per additional state.
    8. Searches:  From $400 (ARIPO search covers the database at ARIPO only and will not cover the national offices which you may wish to designate. Therefore, the national office may still raise an objection when the application is filed at ARIPO).

*** Above quotations exclude courier charges ***

*** Please note that the application and registration fee covers the filing costs, normal prosecution, advertisement and registration costs 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. ***

*** Please note that publication and registration fees are dependable on the year in which the mark reaches registration *** 

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