Patents, Trademarks & Designs

Rwanda Trade Marks

Trade Mark Registration in Rwanda

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). 

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Goods and services
  • Certification marks
  • Collective marks

Trade Mark Duration / Renewals:

10 years from filing date and renewable every 10 years.

Trade Mark 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).

International and Regional Systems

Paris Convention

Rwanda 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.

Madrid Protocol

Rwanda is a member of the Madrid Protocol. The Madrid Protocol is an international treaty designed to simplify the international trademark registration process. Using this process, registrants are able to complete a single application, in their home language, that can then be applied to over 90 member countries.

Patents, Designs and Trademarks in Africa

File in Africa

Smit & Van Wyk provides a full range of Intellectual Property legal services in all African countries where 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’ needs for trademarks, designs and patents in Africa.