The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), is an organization for cooperation among mostly English-speaking African countries, whereby 11 states are covered by the ARIPO trademark registration; Botswana, Eswatini Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

We have competent Trademark Attorneys who will guide and assist you to Register Trademark in ARIPO.

Trademark Search

We will conduct Search and provide you with comprehensive Search Report, which will give you the probability of your trademark registration in ARIPO. Send us your trademark name or Logo for preliminary Search in ARIPO

Filing Trademark Application in ARIPO

Our Trademark Attorney, will check whether the trademark to be registered is entitled for protection in ARIPO. Once the Trademark is checked, the competent Trademark Attorney, will then File and prosecute Trademark and Service Mark applications with ARIPO Trademarks Registry.

We will require the following information and documents to Register Trademark in ARIPO;

  1. The applicant’s name and address
  2. Designation of the Banjul Protocol contracting state(s), mentioned above, the countries where the mark shall be protected
  3. Corresponding class/ classes of the goods and / services in accordance with the Nice Classification
  4. Name(s) of colors(s) claimed if any) as a distinctive feature of the mark,
  5. A reproduction of the mark in the form of a two Dimensional, graphic or photographic reproduction,
  6. A declaration of an actual use or intention to use the mark

ARIPO follows the International Classification of Goods.

Multiclass application is allowed, several classes can be included in one application if the Trademark is to be registered in more than one class;

Once filed, the Trademark application shall be published in a monthly IP Journal, and the opposition period is within three (3) months following publication date.

Registration and Renewal

The Trademark is registered for the first 10 years from the filing date, and The Trademark registration is renewable indefinitely for periods of 10 years upon each renewal. The trademark renewal can be requested during the grace period of Six (6) months after expiration, upon payment of a late renewal fee.

The Trademark registration will be subject to cancellation actions based on lack of use, if it is not used for more than five years (5) after registration of the trademark, in any member state.

Other Trademark Related Services.

We can also assist you with Trademark Monitoring, Recordial Change of names and Address, Recordial of Assignment and Merger.