Patent & Design Protection
Somaliland is a self-declared state, internationally considered to be an independent region of Somalia. There is currently no legislation in terms of Industrial Property in Somaliland and therefore it is not possible to obtain registered trade mark, patent or design rights.
Cautionary notices may be published in the Official Gazette in order to protect trade marks by publication. Cautionary notices have the same legal effect of other legal systems and once the trade mark is published in the Official Gazette it has full recognition by the authorities as the sole property of the applicant. The cautionary notice should be republished every two to three years.
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.