TANZANIA: Trademark Applications

✓  Paris Convention
✘  Madrid System

Tanzania is a union of two countries, namely Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Trademark protection is obtainable via national filing or ARIPO.

Filing Requirements

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

Priority Documents
(if applicable)Copy of priority application, certified by the relevant Trademarks Office as a true copy thereof; and an English translation, if necessary.

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
(please note that publication fees are charged on length of the specification of goods/services)

Details of priority Application, if applicable:
Filing Date.

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

  • Tanganyika
    Informal search: 4 – 5 business days
    Formal search: 5 – 10 business days
    From filing up to registration: 8 – 10 months
    Opposition period: 60 days from publication
    Duration: 7 years from filing date and renewable for further periods of 14 years.

  • Zanzibar
    Informal search: 4 – 5 business day
    Formal search: 5 – 10 business days
    From filing up to registration: 6 – 8 months
    Opposition period: 60 days from publication
    Duration: 10 years from filing date and renewable for further periods of 7 years.

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.

Tanzania Trade Mark Agents

Smit & van Wyk, Inc. trademark agents in Africa: Our services include trademark applications, maintenance and protection in Tanzania and Zanzibar. 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.