Intellectual Property
Smit & Van Wyk Patent, Trademark & Registered Designs

Intellectual Property in Madagascar

Smit & Van Wyk assists with the protection of Intellectual Property in Madagascar, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, designs, trade marks, copyright and plant breeders’ rights. Our team of Intellectual Property attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources to give expert legal advice regarding your Intellectual Property portfolio. We can assist with the protection, prosecution and enforcement thereof. It is our mission to provide unparalleled service to our treasured clients by developing dynamic solutions which are tailored to suit individual Intellectual Property needs. The key to achieving this lies with our vibrant people, who are eager to go beyond the call of duty.

Patent Attorneys, Patent Registration, Patents

Madagascar patents have a duration of 15 years from date of filing with a possible extension of a further 5 years. Madagascar is a member of the PCT and the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property).

Types of Patents:

  • Patents of Invention
  • Patents of Addition
  • National Phase PCT Application

Pharmaceutical, veterinary, cosmetic and food products are not patentable.

Trade Marks

Madagascar trade marks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 10 years thereafter. Madagascar is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property) and the Madrid Protocol (an international system for obtaining trade mark protection for a number of regions through a single application).

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Standard marks
  • Collective marks
  • Certification marks

The most current edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services is followed. Multi-class applications are possible.

Trademark Attorneys, Trademark Registration, Trademarks

Industrial Designs

Madagascar designs have an initial term of 5 years from date of filing, with possible extensions of 2 further terms of 5 years each. Madagascar is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property). 

Types of Designs:

  • Industrial Designs

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