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Rwanda Trade Marks

Trade Mark Registration & Protection

Rwanda trade marks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 10 years thereafter. Rwanda is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property) and the Madrid Protocol (an international system for obtaining trade mark protection for a number of regions through a single application). 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
  • Certification marks
  • Collective marks

Filing Requirements:

  • Simply signed Power of Attorney
  • Details of the Applicant (full names, physical address, nationality/country of incorporation)
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Representation of the trade mark(s)
  • List of goods and/or services
  • Certified copy of priority document (if applicable).

Classification:

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

Duration/Renewals:

10 years from filing date and renewable every 10 years.

International and Regional Systems:

  • Paris Convention
  • Madrid Protocol
Africa | Intellectual Property

African Territories

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.