Lesotho 

Trademark - Lesotho

Register your Trademark

Register your trademark with Inventa International and benefit from the following advantages:

Strategic Advice

Our specialists will review the information you provide and advise you on the best strategy to increase your chances of success in obtaining a trademark and protecting your brand.

We prepare the application

We will be in charge of all the procedings related to filing a trademark application based on the chosen strategy.

Trademark Maintenance for 10 years

Inventa International keeps a close eye on every event related to your trademark.

Client Area available

We provide you a secure web based client area to manage your Intellectual Property assets.

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Different ways to protect your trademark in Lesotho

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National Filing

Effective protection for local businesses

 

ARIPO - Banjul Protocol

Effective protection in ARIPO covered countries

Countries covered

1

10

Opposition Period

90 days

90 days

Time to register

(how long until a trademark is granted may vary)

1 year

1 year

Substantive Examination

yes

no

Duration

10 years

10 years

Renewable

periods of 10 years

periods of 10 years

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Trademark Registration

Process

Monitor the process from the preparation for the trademark application to its maintenance phase. Inventa International will accompany you every step of the way.

Lesotho

Trademark Details and Timeframes

Priority claim

Available

Multi Class Application

Available

Well-known Trademarks

Available

Body responsible for non-use cancellations

IP Office

Search with legal opinion time frame

10 days

Time until registration

1 year

Opposition Period

90 days

Use requirement period

3 years

Requirements

  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Sample of the mark (not required for word marks).
  •  List of goods and/or services.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Duration: 10 years from the date of filling.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Deed of assignment, simply signed, with a verified English translation..
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of name, with verified English translation.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney from the licensor and licensee, simply signed.
  •  License agreement, notarized with a verified English translation.

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OPINION

How to stay on top of trademark oppositions in Lesotho

Lesotho has been a signatory member of the Paris Convention since 1989. In 1999 it ratified the Madrid Agreement and Protocol and on that same year the Banjul Protocol on Marks within the framework of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO). There are thus three routes to obtaining registration of a trademark in Lesotho: nationally – directly with the national IP registry; regionally – via ARIPO; and internationally – via the Madrid Protocol. Upon filing an application and subsequent to the formal examination conducted by the Lesotho Trademark Registry, Article 28(4) of Industrial Property Order 5/1989 (as amended by Act 4/1997) determines that: “[a]ny interested person may, within the prescribed period and in the prescribed manner, give notice to the Registrar of opposition to the registration of the mark on grounds that one or more of the requirements of section 2, relating to the definition of a mark, and section 26(2) and the regulations pertaining thereto are not fulfilled.” Article 51 of the Industrial Property Regulations 1989 establishes that after filing an opposition the defendant then has two months to state, in writing the grounds upon which the applicant relies for his application and accompanied by supporting evidence if any”. It then has the opportunity to request a hearing “at any time after the filing of notice of opposition but not later than one month after the expire of the prescribed period for filing the counter-statement. The Registrar shall give the parties at least one month's written notice of the date set for the hearing.” The law establishes that the Lesotho Trademark Registry is obliged to publish regional and international trademark applications for opposition purposes. However, this is not current practice – in actuality, the registry publishes only national trademark applications. This means that applicants for international and regional trademark registrations that designate Lesotho – as well as interested third parties – must rely on the publications of ARIPO and WIPO and then file their oppositions accordingly before the Lesotho Trademark Registry. The opposition period of two months starts when the international registration is advertised by WIPO or when the regional registration is published in ARIPO’s Bulletin.   This is a co-published article, which was originally published in the World Trademark Review (WTR).

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