Intellectual Property in Morocco
Smit & Van Wyk deals exclusively with Morocco Intellectual Property including patents, designs, trademarks, 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.
Morocco patents require absolute novelty and a substantive examination should be requested when filing your patent application. The payment of annual renewal fees from the 3rd anniversary of the filing date will keep your patent in force for a maximum period of 20 years. It is possible to validate European patents in Morocco.
Morocco is a signatory of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The Patent Cooperation Treaty ensures that by filing one international patent application, that applicants can simultaneously seek protection for an invention in other PCT member countries. A PCT National Phase entry provides a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect intellectual property in each of its contracting states.
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.
Generally speaking, a trade mark is a name, signature, word, letter, numeral, shape, configuration, pattern, ornamentation, colour or container for goods or any combination thereof that is used to distinguish goods or services from those of competitors and others in the marketplace.
The most current edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services is followed.
Morocco designs have an initial term of 5 years from date of filing, with possible extensions of 2 further terms of 5 years each. Morocco 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, trademarks and designs.