Trademark Registration & Protection
Namibia Trademarks may be filed through the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) of Namibia, or the ARIPO union where the applicant may file a single application designating the specific contracting states of ARIPO. Namibia trademarks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and are renewable every 10 years thereafter. Namibia 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.
Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property law firm in Africa specialise in Namibia trademarks for goods and services. We work with a network of trusted and knowledgeable agents to develop the best possible solution to each of our clients’ Intellectual Property needs in Africa. Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to trademark registrations, renewals and protection, but more specifically:
- Providing advice on the registrability of a trade mark.
- Selection, use and retention of trade marks.
- Preparing and prosecuting trade mark applications.
- Helping clients license or franchise their rights.
- Handling of trade mark maintenance including payment of renewal fees.
- Recording amendments.
Namibia is a member of ARIPO which means that patents, designs or trademarks may be registered with the official intellectual property office of Namibia or with ARIPO which requires the applicant to choose the specific member states where protection is required. Intellectual property applications to be delivered or mailed to the ARIPO Office in Harare, Zimbabwe, or via the Industrial Property Office of Namibia.
Botswana · Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sào Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Botswana, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Filing Requirements for ARIPO Trademark Applications
Power of Attorney
Scanned copy of simply signed Power of Attorney. (no notarization or legalization required)
Details of the trade mark(s)
Word mark or logo. If the trade mark is a logo, please send electronically. Details of colours claimed, if applicable.
Classes and list of goods and/or services
(try to limit to 5 items per application, additional charges apply for each additional item over 5)
Details of the applicant:
Full name. Nationality / country of incorporation. Physical address.
The official search is done by ARIPO and takes about 2 to 3 weeks. The usual timeframe from filing to registration is 24 to 36 months. After filing, when all filing requirements are complete, ARIPO will transmit the application to the designated countries(s) which must indicate acceptance or refusal of the application within 1 year from the transmission of the application. Accepted applications will be published for a 3 months opposition period. A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the date of application and renewable every 10 years.