In order to update trademark files, The Angolan Intellectual Property Office (IAPI) issued a notification, requesting all applicants and/or attorneys of trademark applications numbered from 1 (one) to 5000 (five thousand) to present the following documents:
1) Copy of the official filing receipt or application request;
2) Power of Attorney;
3) Certificate of Incorporation, proving the company's commercial activity in its native country;
4) Renewal applications, if any;
5) Changes in ownership or applicant's name/address, if any.
The Certificate of Incorporation shall be duly certified by a Notary Public and the Power of Attorney shall be duly legalised at the Angolan Consulate of the applicant's country or the nearest country.
Considering that these are old processes, Inventa International can help you obtain the above mentioned documents, taking into account its daily presence in IAPI.
In light of the above, in case the aforementioned trademarks not be updated with the requested documentation, they will lapse/expire, in accordance to Angolan Law.
The deadline to present the referred documents is 120 (one hundred and twenty) days, counting from the publication date of June 1st 2015 of the Industrial Property Bulletin No. 03/2015. Therefore, the deadline is until September 28th 2015.
This notification was issued to improve IAPI's efficiency and promptness in dealing with IP related matters, as to promote this area as one the country's main development strategies.