Réunion Trade Marks
Trade Mark Registration & Protection
There is no independent Industrial Property legislation in Réunion trade marks as it is part of France. French trade marks, patents and designs automatically extend to this territory.
Requirements to obtain a patent in France:
France trade marks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 10 years thereafter. France 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, OAPI, ARIPO, the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the International Bureau of WIPO.
Smit & Van Wyk provides a full range of IP legal services in all African countries where Intellectual Property 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’ IP needs in Africa.