Patents, Trademarks & Designs

Angola Trade Marks

Trade Mark Registration in Angola

Angola trade marks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 10 years thereafter. Angola is a member of the Paris Convention and the Nice Classification of 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

  • Power of Attorney with Portuguese translation, notarised and legalised up to the Angolan Consulate
  • Details of the Applicant (full names, physical address, nationality/country of incorporation)
  • Certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register with Portuguese translation, notarised and legalised up to the Angolan Consulate
  • Representation of the trade mark(s)
  • List of goods and/or services
  • Certified copy of priority document (if applicable)

Trade Mark Classes

Nice Classification

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

Paris Convention

Angola 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.

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