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DRC Trade Marks

Trade Mark Registration & Protection

DRC trade marks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 10 years thereafter. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property). The Nice Classification of Goods and Services is followed and use of this classification is mandatory for the national registration of marks in countries party to the Nice Agreement, the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the International Bureau of WIPO.

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Goods and services
  • Collective marks

Filing Requirements:

  • Simply signed Power of Attorney with French translation
  • 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 priority document (if applicable) with verified French translation

Classification:

The Nice Classification of Goods and Services is followed. Multi-class applications are possible.

Duration/Renewals: 

10 years from filing date and renewable for further periods of 10 years.

International and Regional Systems:

  • Paris Convention
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