Patents, Trademarks & Designs

Mauritius Trade Marks

Trade Mark Registration in Mauritius

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

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Goods and services
  • Collective marks

Trade Mark Duration / Renewals:

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

Trademark Filing Requirements

  • Power of Attorney, notarised and legalised up to the Mauritius Consulate or by means of an Apostille
  • 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 English translation

Trademark 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

Mauritius 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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