Trade Marks

International Arrangements: 

Paris Union, TRIPS. 

A new Industrial Property Act came into effect on 28 July 2009, and replaces the Trade Mark Act of 1964. 

Categories of Marks: 

There are provisions for the registration of SERVICE, COLLECTIVE and CERTIFICATION MARKS. 
There are no provisions for the registration of DEFENSIVE or SERIES MARKS. 

Classification: 

The International Classification of goods and services applies. A single application may cover a number of goods and/or services. 

Documents required: 

A. New Applications

  1. Power of Attorney, simply signed, incorporating a French translation - a separate form is required for each application.
  2. 10 prints, even for word marks in ordinary type.
  3. Priority document (if applicable), with verified French 

B. Renewals

In accordance with the new Act, trade mark registrations which have effective dates (i.e. filing dates) after 28 July 2009 will fall due for renewal 10 years from the filing date.

  1. Power of Attorney, simply signed, incorporating a French translation.
  2. Original Certificate of Registration for 

C. Assignments/Mergers

  1. Power of Attorney, simply signed, incorporating a French translation.
  2. Deed of Assignment or other instrument of title, with verified French translation.
  3. Original Certificate of Registration for 

D. Change of Name

  1. Power of Attorney, simply signed, incorporating a French translation.
  2. Certificate of Change of Name, with verified French translation.
  3. Original Certificate of Registration for 

E. Change of Address

  1. Power of Attorney, simply signed, incorporating a French translation.
  2. Original Certificate of Registration for 

F. Licences/Registered Users

  1. Power of Attorney, simply signed, from the licensee.
  2. Licence Agreement, with verified French translation.

Although the law contains no provisions therefor, Licence Agreements will in practice be recorded by the Registrar.

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