Rwanda 

Trademark - Rwanda

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.

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.

Rwanda

Trademark Details and Timeframes

Priority claim

Available

Multi Class Application

Available

Well-known Trademarks

Available

Body responsible for non-use cancellations

N/A

Search with legal opinion time frame

12 days

Time until registration

1 year

Opposition Period

30 days

Use requirement period

3 years

Requirements

  •  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.
  •  Simple copy of Certificate of Registration.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Simple copy of Certificate of Registration.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certificate of change of name.
  •  Simple copy of Certificate of Registration.
  •  Simple copy of Certificate of Registration.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Power of attorney from the licensor and licensee, simply signed.
  •  Simple copy of Certificate of Registration.
  •  License agreement.

Remarks: All documents are required to contain a verified translation in English.

Latest news

ANNOUNCEMENT

RWANDA: Changes to IP Legislation

Past April 20th, 2016 the Rwandan government has released an Official Gazette Special. This important document, drafted in Kinyarwanda, French and English, makes effective recently promulgated laws and modifies various IP laws. The main changes are the following: Law No. 005 of 05/04/2016 governing Seeds and Plant Varieties in Rwanda The Rwandan government, with the support of ARIPO and the Rwandan development board, has promulgated the Law Governing Seeds and Plant Varieties. Accordingly, right holders will now be able to seek protection for seed and plant varieties in Rwanda. Ministerial Order No. 24 of 17/03/2016 concerning the payable registration fees for intellectual property services The government has determined a new and reduced schedule of official fees for registrations and related services for intellectual property, such as filings and renewals. Ministerial Order No. 25 of 17/03/2016 determining the timeframe provided for grant of unilateral licenses, compulsory licenses and oppositions to the registration of IP rights For unilateral and compulsory licencesRevised timeframes  The timeframe for unilateral licences is now four years and the timeframe for compulsory licences is 12 month renewable limit. Revised opposition time lines and requirements  The timeframe to oppose an application for registration of a trademark or geographical indication is 60 days from the publication date.  The elements required for the opposing party are now identified, which are: identity of applicant; object of opposition; detailed reasons of opposition; material evidence; power of attorney, if necessary; and the date and signature of the applicant.  Upon receipt of the opposition, the applicant has fourteen days to submit a written response to the opposition. Limitation of registered intellectual property rights  The Trade Mark Act now gives the minister the possibility to remove from the trade mark register, trademarks he believes are extinct, were acquired in bad faith or in contravention with the law. Ministerial Order No. 26 of 17/03/2016 determining the form and content of the power of attorney for industrial property The order sets out a new format for the Power of Attorney and requires the Power of Attorney to be notarized.

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