ARIPOTrademark Applications

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ARIPO Trade Mark Applications

ARIPO is a multi-national organisation with headquarters based in Harare, Zimbabwe. A trade mark granted under ARIPO has the same effect as a trademark granted under the national law in a designated country. The 9 countries that may be designated in trade mark applications are: Botswana, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Any number of the countries may be designated in an application.

To date only Botswana, Liberia and Zimbabwe have incorporated the provisions of ARIPO’s protocol on trademarks into their national legislation. As such, the validity of ARIPO trademarks in the remaining countries is unclear.

Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
Scanned copy of simply signed Power of Attorney
(no notarization or legalization required)

Details of the trade mark(s)
Word mark or logo
If the trade mark is a logo, please send electronically
Details of colours claimed, if applicable

Classes and list of goods and/or services
(try to limit to 5 items per application, additional charges apply for each additional item over 5)

Details of the applicant:
Full name
Nationality / country of incorporation
Physical address

Further Information

The informal search is done in an internal database that includes all trademarks published in the ARIPO Journal and the results are available within 4 – 5 business days.
The official search is done by ARIPO and takes about 2 – 3 weeks.
The usual timeframe from filing to registration is 24 – 36 months.
After filing, when all filing requirements are complete, ARIPO will transmit the application to the designated countries(s) which must indicate acceptance or refusal of the application within 1 year from the transmission of the application.
Accepted applications will be published for a 3 months opposition period.
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the date of application and renewable every 10 years.

Time Frames
Informal search: 4 – 5 business days
Formal search: 2 – 3 weeks
From filing up to registration: 24 – 36 months
Opposition period: 3 months from publication
Duration: 10 years from filing date

ARIPO Trade Mark Agents

Smit & van Wyk, Inc. trademark agents in Africa: Our services include trademark applications, maintenance and protection in ARIPO. The patent and trademark attorneys at our firm are dedicated individuals, skilled in their fields of practice, and can provide clear advice on complex legal matters to clients from all over the world.