We can assist you with practically any trademark related services that you require in Africa. Contact us in order to receive information or a quote for the specific services you need or are interested in. Our services include, but are not limited to:
Assignment refers to transfer of ownership of a trademark that has been applied for or has already been registered. A change of owner’s rights must be registered with the country’s trademark authority. Please be aware that in certain countries, only registered trademarks can be transferred.
Change of trademark owner’s Name and/or Address
We can assist you to record Change or update a trademark owner’s information, such as address details or change of name, through local Trademark registries.
Response to office actions, examiner’s initial refusal or objections
If a trademark application is initially refused by a trademark office, a document will be sent outlining the grounds for rejection. Depending on the grounds, responding to the refusal may allow for a trademark to be accepted. Get in Touch with us in order to determine the probabilities of success for responding to an initial refusal. Please bear in mind that responses must be presented within a determined time period before they lapse. Time frames vary between countries and can sometimes be extremely brief.
Trademark Opposition procedures
If a third party applies for a trademark that affects another trademark owner’s rights, legal remedies may be taken in order to prevent the registration of the conflicting trademark. We may be able to help you in order to present, or defend your trademark against, opposition actions.
Trademark revocations, cancellation or nullity actions
Actions may be presented in order to have a registered trademark removed. Actions may be presented against registered trademarks depending on the circumstances (varying in the different jurisdictions). Example of commonly recognized basis for these actions are the lack of real and effective use of a trademark, if such a trademark was registered in bad faith, if a trademark has become generic, or if the registered trademark conflicts and produces confusion with a well-known or famous trademark. We may be able to help you in order to present, or defend your trademark against, this type of actions. Bases for cancellation of a trademark vary between jurisdictions.
Trademark Licensing Agreements
Trademark licensing doesn’t in itself transfer ownership of the Trademark to the licensee, rather it only permits the licensee to use Trademark for commercial purposes and it does not give any extended rights to the licensee apart from those in the licensing agreement.
A licensing agreement allows an owner to authorize the use of the trademark, usually upon payment, to a determined person or entity, usually for a limited period of time and specific geographical range, as well as in connection with determined products or services.
We can assist you to license your trademark in different countries in Africa, complying with local licensing requisites, and registering such agreements when necessary.