Mauritius

Legal basis is the Patent, Industrial Designs and Trade Marks Act 2002 (Act 25 of 2002; proclamation No. 1 of 2003 with effect as of January 6, 2003.Trade mark protection is obtained by registration. Well known trade marks are recognized.

Trademark registration classification:

Nice Classification

 Requirements:

  • Full name, street address and description of the applicant (including trading style, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated). 
  • Representations of the mark 15 per class, if it is a device mark.
  • List  of goods or services proposed specification(s) of goods or services.
  • Power of attorney legalized by the Consulate of Mauritius, if no Consulate is available, then by a British Consulate or attested by an apostle.
  • If priority is claimed: priority document to be lodged within 3 months of filing the application. Priority date and number required on date of filing the application.

Procedure:

  • Trademark applications are filed in ‘paper format’ at the Mauritius Industrial Property Office (IPO) by a local agent.
  • The official examination includes a trademark search and the Industrial Property Office can refuse a trademark application for absolute and relative grounds.
  • Once your trademark application is filed, it will be examined by the Examiner with the formality checks and substantive examination. If there is no objection, a notice of acceptance will be issued
  • After registration, the trademark is published for opposition in the Mauritius Government Gazette for opposition.
  • The opposition period is 3 months from publication of the trademark application.
  • If there is no objection from any 3rd party, the mark will be registered and the registration certificate will be issued. 
  • The time frame for obtaining a trademark registration in Mauritius is approx about 8 - 12 months from the filing to registration.

Duration and Renewal: A trademark registration is valid for 10 years. Renewal is possible for subsequent periods of 10 years. A trademark may be renewed during the period of six months preceding the expiry date.

 

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