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Trademark Registration Services in Rwanda

Our licensed Trademark Attorneys in RWANDA will handle your trademark request, check all formalities, and then file with the Rwanda Development Board. You will receive confirmation of filing and a copy of the filing request. We will contact you immediately if any subsequent office actions require additional information, or if there are any opposition in Rwanda against your application.

  • Before applying for the registration of a trade mark, our Trademark Attorney do conduct trademark search to find out whether the trademark is registrable or not and also whether there exists in the records a trademark which could be confused with the intended trade mark.
  • Search is not mandatory in Rwanda but is advisable for the following two reasons;
    • It will help one in determining whether the application has a chance for success, or whether it would be a waste of time and money to try and register it in its present form.
    • It will also help one avoid trade-mark infringement and potential lawsuits if one went straight ahead in applying for registration.

Trademark Application Requirements

  • Application letter to Registrar General for Registration
  • The applicant is required to file a separate application for each mark in each different class.
  • In Rwanda, the Trademark Office requires that the owner of the trademark send us a signed Power of Attorney document. We will send you a template for the document with delivery instructions once your order for trademark registration has been placed. Nor notarization or legalization of the document is needed.
  • Name, address and Nationality of the applicant
  • Ten prints, except for word marks in ordinary type
  • List of goods/services intended to be protected under a respective mark
  • Priority application number, country and date, if any
  • Certificate copy of priority document.
  • A copy of the company, NGO, association certificate…..
  • ID or Passport of the representative of the applicant

Other Relevant Information

  • Application for opposition may be filed by interested third parties against a trademark application within a period of sixty (60) days following its publication in the trademarks journal. The probabilities of success for an opposition will vary in each case depending on the circumstances.
  • Registered trademarks in Rwanda have a validity of ten (10) years from the application date and can be renewed indefinitely for further periods of ten (10) years.
  • Trademark renewal can be requested during the grace period of ten (10) months after expiration, upon payment of a late renewal fee.
  • Multi-class applications are allowed, separate classification of goods for which the trademark is to be registered, may be filed by one application;

    For assistance and advice regarding trade mark protection and IP strategy in NIGERIA, email WhatsApp: +255753610909

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