Algeria Trade Marks
Trade Mark Registration in Algeria
Algeria trade marks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 10 years thereafter. The owner of a registered trademark is granted exclusive rights to use the trademark and protect it from infringement. Algeria is a member of the Paris Convention and the Madrid Protocol (an international system for obtaining trade mark protection for a number of regions through a single application) and the Nice Classification on Goods and Services is followed.
Types of Trade Marks:
- Goods and services
- Collective marks
Trade Mark Duration / Renewals:
A registered trade mark can be protected for an unlimited period of time, provided it is renewed every 10 years upon payment of a renewal fee.
Trade Mark Filing Requirements
- Simply signed Power of Attorney (separate Power of Attorney is required for each application)
- Details of the Applicant (full names, physical address, nationality/country of incorporation)
- Representation of the trade mark(s)
- List of goods and/or services
- Certified copy of the priority document (if applicable) with verified French translation
Trade Mark Classes
The most current edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services is followed. The Nice Classification, established by the Nice Agreement, is an international classification for the registration of marks. A new edition is published every 5 years and a new version of each edition is published annually.
International and Regional Systems
Algeria is a member of the Paris Convention where each contracting state must grant the same IP protection to nationals of other contracting states, and provides for the right of priority in the case of patents, trademarks and designs. The Paris Convention is an international agreement which helps creators ensure that their intellectual property is protected in other countries. It applies to IP in the widest sense as it covers patents, trademarks and industrial designs to name a few.
Algeria is a member of the Madrid Agreement or of the Madrid Protocol. The Madrid Protocol is an international treaty designed to simplify the international trademark registration process. Using this process, registrants are able to complete a single application, in their home language, that can then be applied to over 90 member countries.
Smit & Van Wyk provides a full range of Intellectual Property legal services in all African countries where protection is available. We can provide information on the filing requirements in each of the African countries and can also offer information on the various regional IP organisations such as ARIPO, OAPI and the Madrid protocol. We work with a network of trusted and knowledgeable agents to develop the best possible solution to each of our clients’ needs for trademarks, designs and patents in Africa.