GHANA: Trademark Applications

✓  Paris Convention
  Madrid System

Filing Requirements

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

Proof of activity of the Applicant
(if applicable) Copy of home application, certified by the relevant Trademarks Office as a true copy thereof.


Priority Documents
(if priority is claimed) A copy of the priority application, certified by the relevant Trademarks Office as a true copy, and legalised.

Details of the Applicant
Full names.
Physical address.
Nationality / country of incorporation.

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.

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

Details of priority Application, if applicable:
Filing Date.
Full name.
Nationality / country of incorporation.
Physical address.

Further Information


  • The International Classification of Goods and Services is followed.
  • Multi-class applications are not possible: 1 application covers 1 trademark in 1 class

Time Frames

  • Informal Search: 4 – 5 business days
  • Formal Search: 5 – 10 business days
  • From filing up to Registration: 18 – 24 months
  • Opposition Period: 2 months from publication
  • Duration: 10 years from filing date and renewable for further periods of 10 years (if filed and registered after 2004).

The informal search is done in an internal database of published trademarks.
The formal search is conducted directly in the official trademarks register.
Applications are examined for formal and substantial requirements and conflict with prior registrations or pending applications.
Accepted applications will be published for opposition purposes.
If no opposition is filed, the registration certificate will be issued.

Ghana Trademark Agents

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