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Morocco Trademarks

Morocco trade marks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 10 years thereafter. Morocco is a member of the Paris Convention and the Madrid Protocol (an international system for obtaining trade mark protection for a number of regions through a single application) and the Nice Classification on Goods and Services is followed.

Types of Trademarks:

  • Goods and services
  • Collective marks
  • Certification marks

Trademark Duration / Renewals:

10 years from filing date and renewable for further periods of 10 years.

Trademark Filing Requirements

  • Simply signed Power of Attorney, with French translation
  • Details of the Applicant (full names, physical address, nationality/country of incorporation)
  • Representation of the trade mark(s)
  • List of goods and/or services
  • Certified copy of priority document (if applicable) with verified French translation

Trademark Classes

Nice Classification

The most current edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services is followed. 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.

International and Regional Systems

Paris Convention

Morocco is a member of the Paris Convention where each contracting state must grant the same Intellectual Property 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.

Madrid Protocol

Morocco is a member of the Madrid Protocol. The Madrid Protocol is an international treaty designed to simplify the international trademark registration process. Using this process, registrants are able to complete a single application, in their home language, that can then be applied to over 90 member countries.

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