Trade Marks

Congo (DRC) (Formerly Zaire: sometimes called Congo (Zaire)).

This country changed its name in 1997 from Zaire to République Démocratique du Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo) and for some years was referred to as Congo (Zaire) to distinguish it from its neighbour Congo (Brazzaville), a member state of OAPI.

International Arrangements:

Paris Union, TRIPS.

Categories of Trade Marks:

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

Classification:

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

Documents required:

A. New Applications

  • Power of Attorney in duplicate, simply signed – a separate set of forms is required for each application
  • Ten prints, even for word marks in ordinary type
  • Priority document (if applicable), with verified French translation

B. Renewals

  • Power of Attorney in duplicate, simply signed – a separate set of forms is required for each registration
  • Photocopy of the Certificate of registration*

C. Assignments/Mergers

  • Power of Attorney in duplicate, simply signed
  • Photocopy of the Certificate of registration*
    • In the case of an assignment: “Acte de Cession de Marque” in duplicate, notarised
    • In the case of a merger: Certificate of Merger, with verified French translation and “Demande de Transmission de Marque” in duplicate, simply signed

D. Change of Name

  • Power of Attorney in duplicate, simply signed
  • Certificate of Change of Name, with verified French translation
  • Photocopy of the Certificate of registration*

E. Change of Address

  • Power of Attorney in duplicate, simply signed
  • Certificate of Change of Address/Declaration signed before Notary Public, with verified French translation
  • Photocopy of the Certificate of registration*

F. Licences/Registered Users

  • Power of Attorney in duplicate, simply signed, from the licensee
  • Licence Agreement, with verified French translation

 * An original Certificate of Registration can be provided for endorsement purposes, if required.

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