Trademark Registration in Mauritius
The Republic of Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2000km off the southeast coast of the African continent. The government is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system, and is highly ranked for democracy, economic and political freedom. The Human Development Index of Mauritius is the highest in Africa. The administration uses English as its main language.
Mauritius is a First to File country.
(whomever first FILES a particular trade mark gets the rights)
South Africa is a First to Use country.
(whomever first USES a particular trade mark gets the rights)
Trademark Application in Mauritius
What Types of Trade Marks can be registered in India?
Any distinctive words, letters, numerals, drawings, colours, pictures, labels, or combination of the above used to distinguish between the goods and services of different companies may be considered a trade mark.
A trademark application has to be filed before the Patent Office (part of the Ministry of Commerce) by a local agent. In Mauritius, trademark registration is mandatory to be granted rights over a trademark, as it is a “first to file” jurisdiction. Only in some exceptional cases can an unregistered trademark be protected. The trademark applications must be filed with the Industrial Property Office of Mauritius (IPO).
Approximate Registration Time Table:
The application process includes a formal examination of the application and a trade mark search, about 6 months. After registration, the trade mark is published in the official gazette.
Multi-class applications are permitted. Malaysia follows the Nice Classification with regard to goods and services.
Minimum Filing Requirements:
Representation of the trade mark.
A list of goods and services.
The applicant (s) details.
A notarised power of attorney, attested by an Apostille of the Hague Convention.
If Convention priority is claimed, a certified copy of the application.
Mauritius Trade Mark Duration:
Once the trade mark is registered in Malaysia, it is valid for 10 years from filing date and renewed for further periods of 10 years (even if priority is claimed, the date is still calculated from application date).Registered marks may be cancelled on the grounds of non-use if they have not been used in India for a continuous period of 2 years.
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