Trade Marks

International Arrangements:

Paris Union, Madrid Union (Protocol), TRIPS.
It is considered that International (Madrid) Trade Mark Registrations are effective in Rwanda.
Rwanda is also a member of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) but has not yet subscribed to the Banjul Protocol.

A new Industrial Property Act came into effect on 14 December 2009, and replaces the Trade Mark Law of 1963.

Categories of Trade Marks:

There are provisions for the registration of SERVICE MARKS, CERTIFICATION 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, notarised.
  • Ten prints, except for word marks in ordinary type.
  • Priority document (if applicable), with verified English translation

B. Renewals

  • Power of Attorney, notarised - a separate form is required for each application.
  • Simple copy of the Certificate of Registration.

C. Assignments/Mergers

  • Power of Attorney, notarised.
  • Deed of Assignment or other instrument of title, with verified English translation.
  • Simple copy of the Certificate of Registration.

D. Change of Name

  • Power of Attorney, notarised.
  • Certificate of Change of Name, with verified English translation.
  • Simple copy of the Certificate of Registration.

E. Change of Address

  • Power of Attorney, notarised.
  • Simple copy of the Certificate of Registration.

F. Licences/Registered Users

  • Powers of Attorney, notarised, from proprietor and licensee.
  • Licence Agreement, with verified English translation.
  • Simple copy of the Certificate of Registration.

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