Trademark Registration and Protection
Angola is a first to file country and trade mark registration is mandatory to be granted rights over a mark. Angola trademarks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and renewable for further periods of 10 years. Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property lawyers deal exclusively with trademark law in Angola. Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to trade mark applications, renewals and protection, but more specifically:
Providing advice on the registrability, selection, use and retention of trademarks;
Preparing and prosecuting trade mark applications;
Helping clients license or franchise their rights;
Handling of trademark maintenance including payment of renewal fees and recording amendments.
Angola recognises the goods and services classes from the Nice Classification and allows for multi-class filing. The Nice Classification, established by the Nice Agreement, is an international classification for the registration of marks. A new edition is published every 5 years and a new version of each edition is published annually. Use of the Nice Classification is mandatory for the national registration of marks in countries party to the Nice Agreement:
the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI);
the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO);
the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP);
the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and;
the International Bureau of WIPO.
Angola is a member of the Paris Convention where each contracting state must grant the same IP protection to nationals of other contracting states, and provides for the right of priority in the case of patents, trade marks and designs. The Paris Convention is an international agreement which helps creators ensure that their intellectual property is protected in other countries. It applies to IP in the widest sense as it covers patents, trade marks and industrial designs to name a few.